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A TALE OF 
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INTRODUCTION 



work-Mri I bebeve, the g«.te.t historical novel in the 
teiguage. It h« been my h.ppy lot to pasture in the iair fields 
rf medieval hterature, and my delight humbly to attempt from 
tane to tnne the restoration of Uie aa it was during or before 
the great Kenucenee. Now, life at aU times, except perhaps 
durmg the eave-«ri.gi„t weapo., period, ha» been, ^d L 
«-ny-».ded, complex md perpetuaUy varying. Think how it 
wUlfare m five hundred year, with the writer who attempts to 
p-Ttaiy England m this year of grace ; by what mighty labonn 
-what eaminatio. of old documents - what ^mparison., 
«>«iing of contemporary essay., descriptions of Functkm., 
ceremonies, ami debates, estimate of f„rce._s the in«uem;e. 

^ I., , u^^""' "** "*"' P"*" °f Noncoofommts, the 
strength of the Church, the prejodices of the people-he will 
amve at «mething like a pictun. of life a« it i, now And 
even m the band, of the most skilful how meagre wiU probaUy 
bethe result I Be«use the histori«i wiU not be^ble^ u 
™<»m*and the relative >ap«rta>ee of queations, nor will he 
pe«rive that what seems to him the most import«rt of events 
may have seemed to us a mere trifie compared with the weight 
of a speech m the Hou«=, or a new book, or even an article i 
a magazmt Therefcre I d» not say that the whole of life 
. vj« at the end of the fifteenth c^tu^, may be found in 
JLlL th^ Hearth;" but I do say, that there i. 

portrayed «,v.goro.,s, h&like, and trathful a picture of a time 
long gone by, «ri di&ring in almost every particular from our 
own, that the worid has never seen its like. To lae it is a 
pMture of the past more faithful than anything i„ the works of 
^tt A, one reads it, one feels in the ver,- atmosphere of 
the century; one breathes the air just befcre the Great Dawn 



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of Loiming uid Religion ; it i> stUl twilight, but the binla are 
twittering aire«dy on the boughs; it is a time when men are 
weary of the past ; there is no freshness or vigour in the poetry • 
all the tunes are old tunes. There is plenty of fanaticism, but 
no faith ; under the tiara the Pope yawns ; under th. scarlet 
cloak the cardinals scoff; in his chamber the scholar asks 
whether the newly found Greek is not better than all the 
ecclesiastical jargon ; in the very cloister are monks secretly at 
work on the new learning, and cursing the stupid iteration of 
the beU ; even the children of the soil are asking themselves 
how long. Alas! they must wait till 'ie Greater Jacquerie of 
I79S relieves them. There is uncertainty everywhere; there 
is the restless movement which goes before a change. There 
is, however, plenty of ordered activity in certain directions. 
Soldiere light, and great lords lead armies; there are court 
ceremonies at which knights feast and common people gape; 
prentice lads go a-wandering along the roads ; with them tramp 
the vagrant scholars; the forests are full of robbers; the 
beggars are a naUon to themselves, and a very horrible, noisome, 
miserable nation ; the towns are crowded within narrow walls ; 
fever and the plague are constantly breaking out ; there is no 
ladder by which men can climb except that lowered for them 
by the Chureh ; where .- man is bom, there he sticks. A «ne, 
picturesque time; with plenty of robberies and muiders in it; 
vast quantities of injustice in it ; with lords among the peasants, 
like locusts among com, devouring the substance; with fierce 
punishments for the wicked, but not so fierce as those which 
certainly await most people in the next world; with gibbets, 
racks, red-hot pincers, wheels, processions of penitents, heavy 
wax candles, cutting off of hands, and every possible stimulus to 
virtue; yet a wo.-ld in which virtue was singularly rare. All 
this life— and more— is in " The Cloister and the Hearth ; " not 
described, but acM. The reader who knows the Uterature of 
the tiuies says to himself as he goes on : " Here is Erasmus ; 
here is Froissart; here is Deschamps; here is Coquillart; here 
is Gringoire ; here is Villon ; here is Luther," and so on, taking 
pleasure in proving the sourees. The reader who does not 
know, or does not inquire, presently finds himself drawn 
completely out of himself and hii own time ; before he reaches 
the end he thinks like the characters in the book; he teels 



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like them; he talks like them. This is the general effect gf 
the hook; but, besides, there runs through it the sweetest, 
■a(lcle<it, and most tender love stoiy ever devised hy wit of man! 
There is no heroine in (iction more dear to me than Margaret; 
she is always real; always the true woman; brave in the 
darkest hour; and for ever yearning in womanly fashion for the 
love that has been cruelly torn from her. 

"Oh I mj love," orlad the lover-priMt at her d«athl)ed, "if thou hast 
lived doabting of thy Qemrd'. heart, die not so; for never was woman 
loved BO tenderly as thou this ten years past." 

"Calm thyself, dear one," said the dying woman, with a heavenly 
smile. " I knew it, only, being but a woman, / muld not dii happy tiU I 
MOnf thu tay K," 

I do not suppose that by these remarks one can a<ld anything 
to the real reputation of Charles Keade, or to the admiration 
wth which the English-speaking races regard his works. They 
may, however, lead others to consider the position occupied by 
this writer, which is — and has been, since the death of 
Thackeray and Dickens— alone in the front rank. That is to 
say, alone because he resembles no other writer living or dead 
—not alone, because there has been no other in line with him. 
His merits are his own, and they are those of the first order of 
writers. He cannot be classified or compared; in onler to be 
classified, a man must be either a leader or one of a following. 
Reade cannot, certainly, be accused of following. One ca mly 
say that he stands in the first rank, and that he stands ,,ne. 
One can only say that this great writer— there is no greater 
praise— paints women as they are, men as they are, things as 
they are. What we c/Jl genius is first the power of seeing men, 
women, and things as they are— most of us, being without 
genius, are purblind-and then the power of showing them by 
means of " invention "—by the grafting of "invention" upon 
fact. No man has shown greater power of grasping fact and of 
weaving invention upon it than Charles Reade. 

WALTER BESANT. 



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"LOOK ON THE SOCKETJ on OF WHICH THOU HAJT 

PICKED THE eyes" 
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CHAIR 

A FEATHERED ARROW 1 ROTRUDED FROM MH BACK . 
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MAROARRT MADE HER TOIL^:T 
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NECK AND HAILED ME MASTER" 
OERARD KISSED THF. CHILD MORE THAN ONCE 
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DERER HAD RISEN TO FEVER HEAT 
TUHNIXO MORE THAN OXCE TO CAST A LINOERINO 

OLANCE ON THAT INSPIRED FIGURE 
HE SOUGHT AMONG THE TOMBSTONES FOK MARQaRct's 
THE WEALTH THAT CAME TOO LATE TO BE SHARED 

WITH III5I SHE 10 ED . 
" ALAS I WORK ME NO I. l! IT IS MARGARET ■ [ 

ALL THREE TOGETHER, JAND IN HAND . 
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BHE CROt'CMED AND COWERED Au.VINBT THE WALL . „ £43 
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PREFACE 



-^.MALL portion ol this tale appeared in (W „ ir„Ji, JuK. 
September 1 839, under the litL- „f ■- A (;,»k1 Kiaht " 
After Writing it, 1 took wider view, of tl.e subject, and also 

outhne ot . true ,to,j-. Tl^.e two ,e„tin,ent, have co,t nu- 
niore than a year, very harxl labour, which 1 venture to thmk 
haa not been wa,teji. After this plain sUte^ent, . tru.tall 
who >,„n„,e„t on thi, work will .ee that t,. describe it as „ 
«pnnt would be unWr to the public and to n.e. The En.lish 
W>«u.ge u. copious, and, u. any true man's hands, quite^aWe 
to convey the truth-namely, that one-iifth of the present work 
.. . reprint, «,d four-fifths of it a new con.position 

CHARLES READE. 



THE CLOISTER AND 
THE HEARTH 



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CHAPTER I 



Not ■ (l«ir puim over Ihc earth hii> ..,.- . ■ 

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England ; anil Philip " the Good," having by force and ounning 
dispossessed his cousin Jacqueline, and broken her heart, reigned 
undisturbed this many years in Holland, where our tale begins. 

Ehas, and Catherine his wife, lived in the little tuwn of 
Tergou. He traded, wholesale and retail, in cloth, silk, brown 
holland, and, above all, in curried leather, a material highly 
valued by the middling people, because it would stand twenty 
years' wear, and turn an ordinary knife, no small virtue in a 
jerkin of that century, in wliich folk were so liberal of their 
steel ; even at dinner a man would leave his meat awhile, and 
carve you his neighbour, on a very mtnlerate difference of 
opinion. 

The couple were well to do, and would have been free 
from all earthly care, but for nine children. When these were 
oming into the world, one per annum, each was hailed with 
rejoicings, and the saints were thanked, not expostulated with ; 
and when parents and children were all young together, the 
latter were looked upon as lovely little playthings invented by 
Heaven for the amusement, joy, and evening solace of people 
:n business. 

But as the olive-branches shot up^ and the parents grew older, 
and saw with their own eyes the fate of large families, mis- 
ivings and care mingled with their love. They belonged to 
. singularly wise and provident people : in Holland reckless 
parents were a.s rare as disobedient children. So now when 
the huge loaf came in on a gigantic drencher, looking like a 
fortress in its moat, and, the tour of the table once made, seemeu 
to have melted away, Rlias and Catherine would look at one 
another and say, " Who is to find bread tor them all when we 
are gone ? " 

At this observation the younger ones needed all their filial 
respect to keep their little Dutch countenances ; for in their 
opimon dinner and supj>er came by nature like sunrise and 
Kunset, and, so long as that luminary should travel round the 
earth, so long jmat the brown loaf go round their family circle, 
and set in their stomachs only to rise again in the family 
oven. But the remark awakened the national thoughtfulness 
of the elder boys, and being often repeated, set several of the 
family thinking, some of them good thoughts, some ill thoughts, 
according to the nature of the thinkers. 

" Kate, the children grow so, this table will soon be too small." 

" We cannot afford it, Eli," replied Catherine, answering not 
his words, but his thought, after the manner of women. 

Their anxiety for the future took at times a less dismal but 
more mortifying turn. The free burghers had their pride as 



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So ly prudence^S *IMe^!,'X»'' ««" their dec«!^^ "* 
the litUe bodies, «,d feed^il fr'' "">' ™">«ged to clothe all 

t'heTfelt""'?' "" »«tth fu\te'^„'/rH"*'^«*P"*!^" 
they felt . pleasure the miser hmrf;„ T I'. " «"* "d grew. 

One day the eldest boy butT-*^""' '"""«"' '""^ not 
-other, .„d, with that outwari Z^^^ "'"."'«• "»« to hi, 
^mepersons as to the rea " atre ofT" *'"?'' '»' »» "■»'«1 
mtereede with his father to^ml k- " »*"?'«' Pegged her to 
h™ with a merchant -at^sthr *° '*,"'''"dam?.„d p,a« 
mereh«,ts are wealthy; I 1'' ^ ""y "^ "f« that likes'^^"^ 

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•■w^M^rve'Xr,!;" --^-th dis„,ay .„d i„c«,^,; 

"hat is one stn>»t f„ 

leaye^the folk of Te:^: I^ LXlelt'th'n''" ^. '^ ' - 
What ! quit your poor father ZZ u- ""* stones." 

"'wtT^In^-^^l^'r- Without „e." 

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young bird on the edge of the^i /^ ' ^°' '^e saw her 6ni 
nteT-ted^a't- " " -" -^-.f-^,- ^^ 

yoigtcta^wtuo AlS™'".r\*-'»'- 'O-U end. 
shouted roughly and angrilvto tT? ■.^i'"'''- ^n this Elias 

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but to fit bin) out and place him in the huu!>c of Vander Stegen, 
the merchant, took all the little hoard but one gold crown. 
They began again, 'i'wo yearj passed, Richart found a niche in 
commerce for nis brother Jacob, and lacob left Tergou directly 
after dinner, which was at eleven in the forenoon. At supper 
that day Elias remembered what had happened the last time ; 
so it was in a low whisper he said, "Sit wider, dears I" Now 
until that moment, Catherine tvould not see the gap at table, for 
her daughter Catherine had besought her not to grieve to-night, 
and she had said, " No, sweetheart, I promise I will not, since 
it vexes my children." But when Elias whispered " Sit wider ! " 
says she, " Ay .' the table will soon be too big for the children, 
i.\:d you thought it would he too small ; " and having delivere 
this with forced calmness, she put up her apron the next 
moment, and wept sore. 

" 'Tis the best that leave us," sobbed she ; " that is the cruel 
part." 

" NttV ! nay!" said F.lias, "our children are giMKl i-hildren, 
and all are dear to us alike. Heed her not ! What God takes 
from us still seems better than what He spares to us ; that is to 
say, men are by nature unthankful — and women silly." 

" And I say Richart and Jacob were the flower of the flock," 
sobbed Catherine. 

The little coffer was empty again, and to fill it they gathered 
like ants. In those days speculation was pretty much confined 
to the card-and-dice business. Elias knew no way to wealth 
but the slow and sure one. " A penny saved is a penny gained," 
was his humble creed. All that was not required for the 
business and the necessaries of life went into the little coffer 
with steel bands and florid key. They denied themselves in 
turn the humblest luxuries, and then, catching one another's 
looks, smiled ; perhaps with a greater joy than self-indulgence 
has to bestow. And so in three years more they had gleaned 
enough to set up their fourth son as a master-tailor, and their 
eldest daughter as a robemaker, in Tergou. Here were two 
more pro\ided for ; their own trade would enable them to 
throw work into the hands of this pair. But the cofier was 
drained to the dregs, and this time the shoj) ton bled a little in 
goods if not in coin. 

Alas ! there remained on hand two that were unable to get 
their bread, and two that were unwilling. The unable ones 
were, 1, Giles, a dwarf, of the wrong sort, half stupidity, half 
malice, all bead and claws and voice, run from hy dogs and 
unprejudiced females, and sided with through thick and thui 
by his mother ; 9. Little Catherine, a poor little girl that could 



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jmw,lW o„„ were Sybrardf the ZZJT ''". "P»- The 
t»o n,uc^ in love with pky to w„lr""?"'' » "eer-do-weel, 

de«d men's shoes AlmoJ 7 . '"' hMrth, wnitinir for 

»nd above .11 dispirited C. the" morr^ '^''t'^ repeated T/o^ 
those that now remaineJon hTnT thl^ P^'"' tafirmities of 
often say, "What will become of all h ""T"' ""T'' «'™ld 
onger here to take eare of them " R /'■'','° ^' '^"l' "^^ "" 
this a good many timesluddeni, I ^^"' *'"=" ""ey had said 

disfe§:;r!,fTo fea^ivr„" "' i"i "^^ " »"» «(-" -o 

he was going i„to the Chu^h ZIT rT\ ^^ ^"- f" 
■namtain her children by h,Sk nr h P""'"'' """ "J""}-* 

Kreat hopes, because his feTlv hid LT.'' "' *''™'= "^y- "^ 
to get him a benefice aid th/ •''*" "'"' the great 

frivolous, and, indeed%u h tjurZLh^' T" '»'>», ^ere 
have put up with i„ a.^ X but a del t^r''""' '"""''' "■" 
trivialities were readin/»n, „ u * "'"' *•« to be. His 

up in them that^rlSdTrSfjT' 7\ "^ '^•^' ^r^pp"'' 

The day was never long enouch for L ^ ■"H"-'' *" ""'^ ">eals. 
tinder-bo;. and l«msto''„e "Zches ■. d h.'^'^l'''' "."^"^ ''"" ' 
of the neighbours, which hrifgMed ,t unf® "uf-'H' ""'^'<=' 
even at eight of the clock it „ ". , """asonable hours-ay, 
burgomaster w .bed E„dnre7a h" """*l'- """^ ""= "e^^ 
encouraged by monks ,,? . I i , °""^' ''" P-'etites were 
•auRht gim p'nmansht-d "ntl^r^'^^rr- '^'"^ '"«' 
'lay they discovered, in thi Srf,f '""'' h™. ""til one 
teaching them. They p„ nt«rthd „, t ," h'"""' """ ''» *'^- 
he hung his head and blushed h. h« 1 '"'" '" " "'e'ry »ay : 
self, but mistrusted his juXm^nt in s^d^irf''' ^ "'""^ ^'"'- 
my son.'^said an elder^, Sonk /'how is T'tr,"""'"- " "■"' 
Rod has given an eye so true a han,7 J? ' ^™' '" ^'""" 

heart to love these beautiful crafts h„ ■""•''"' >"'* ''""■ »"'' » 
as well as write > A s3 iLu . . ? " " >'"" d° "°t colour 
fruit, and leaves, and rich aXs„ ^ *"""" T^"'" " "»«ler of 
and charm the sense a" those d?th: ""?""'L '^' ""^ '"'«'«. 

'o say nothing of the ^^^ ^:^z:!^::::^:t;^ 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

with which the several rhapters should be adorned, and not 
alone tht. eye soothed with the brave and sweetly blended 
colountj but the heart lifted by effigies of the :iaint5 in glory. 
Answer me, my son." 

At this Gerard was confused, and muttered that he had made 
several trials at illuminating^ but had not succeeded well ; and 
thus the matter rested. 

Soon after this a fellow-enthusiast came on the scene in the 
unwonted form of an old lady. Margaret, sister and survivor 
of the brothers Van Eyck, left Flanders, and came to end her 
days m her native country. She bought a small house near 
Tergou. In course of time she heard of Gerard, and saw some 
of his handiwork : it pleased her so well that she sent a female 
servant, Reicht Heynes, to ask him to come to her. This led 
to an acquaintance : it could hardly be otherwise, for little 
Tergou had never held so many as two zp»1ots of this sort 
before. At first the old lady damped Gerarc , ;ourage terribly. 
At each visit she fished out of holes and comers dravrings and 
paintings, some of them by her own hand, that seemed to him 
unapproachable ; but if the artist overpowered him, the woman 
kept his heart up. She and Reicht soon turned him inside out 
like a glove : among other things, they drew from him what 
the goc^ monks had failed to hit upon, the reason why he did 
not illuminate, viz., that he could not aiTord the trpid, the blue, 
and the red, but only the cheap earths ; and that he was afraid 
to ask his mother to buy the choice colours, and was sure he 
should ask her in vain. Then Margaret Van Eyck gave him a 
little brush-gold, and some vermilion and ultramarine, and a 
piece of good vellum to lay them on. He almost adored her. 
As he leu the house Keicat ran after him with a candle and 
two (juarters : he quite kissed her. But better even than the 
gold and lapis-lazuli to the illuminator was the sympathy to the 
isolated enthusiast. That sympathy was always ready, and, as 
he returned it, an affection sprung up between the old painter 
and the young caligrapher that was doubly characteristic of the 
time. For this was a century in which the fine arts and the 
higher mechanical arts were not separated by any distinct 
boundary, nor were those who practised them ; and it was an 
age in which artists sought out and loved one another. Should 
this last statement stagger a painter or writer of our day, let 
me remind him that evin Christians loved o'ae another at first 
starting. 

Backed by an acquaintance so venerable, and strengthened by 
female sympathy, Gerard advanced in learning and skill. His 
spirit% too, rose visibly : he still looked behind him when 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

that had hitherta"t ,«l3t S l^"""'"^ " «'^ ''""■°'"' 

own wit, , -Tietimerw 1^1,,!'^ 1^- I'""'- '"V*^*™" «ith hi. 
f.n,ily, b*ingdrr^^fi::i''Jiti^'„"'"^'" '"' ^'-^'^ ™* »" »» 

life <.f their founder ...dTh^Tr V '^'VT"'" '^''*'' • ™-. *« 
lerv finding the vdlum °'"^'''^'' of Terenee, the mo„». 

Zealand, Wd 'of Fr&,,.Td r:;''J;rt 'f'^r' f "■'"""' ""' 

ardent. He loved iewek in, '**'^" ""'''^ "'de and 

He dearly loved mS of h " """T"' ""'' ""S™"^ «PP««I- 
»n,; in pn»f of ThfchL ennobled .'"''v'' ^T''"^' «™"- 
«lso a «^e for (rianb dw^, ^"S T l JJ"' '''y''''- "« ^-^ 
plante^lbout W^ 'turi^ed " n^H " ^'"='\''«' »*"«' "" 
««ents inveigled .h^ml^^bo'^Z^h T* J'"''^' """ 
the moment he had eot them ht h ^ with fair promises ; but 
in«l«rgetub; Id, to S let^K "" """• '">'''""« ''»"=« 
towards Mecoi and invoke mJ„, . "" """f *"'' "'«' '"^^ 
laughing in his sleeve It th,-,- ^ "'"'='' '' ""^y P'"^* 
stilFi,.fSels He haVionr'n'™''''"''^ in fancying they were 
by OrienUls to rl^jirhrs ZT"'' ",«' 'fP-r^^'™'?"! 



by OrienUls to rl, do^ha;^:^' ""' f-r--™ — 

.» rarities, exeept the hl'rm"v1rttT F:;;ar;h' ""^''"' 

larly pretty, or diabolieally ugly thfewa; v„ '"-'"""« »»«'- 

best of him was, he was onLn A. j T? ^ customer. The 

next best was, he foste^dth'^a'rt ""^ P"""'' '^<* ">« 

Kave a signal proof He „fferea,ril" T"!f •\."''"'^'" ''= "'"' 

orfevrericiu two kinds renSous^fd "l^ ^est speeimens of 

best paintings in whire orZTils^^dT "'' = '*'"'' *■"' ""^ 

on panel, silk, or metal as th^'„r ', u '^""P"": ^""e to be 

transparent painting on ^,™. "^^ f"^?' """• *- 'be best 

and bonier Minting „" ven'„ T' "r *''= ''"' "'"minating 

on vellum, ??.e Zg^^ alte« "f ,\ "' ^"' ,""" ''''"'^' ""«•>« 

manded to aid all th^^^^" ""= ''''^"'' 'o*"' *"e com- 

»pecimens and seid '^ tT'w.uX'"" '^ T"™« """ 

the expense of their several h.!!^ ,„.™''* *° Rotterdam at 

the bJlmanthr,!;r;h tre^,,^";«'j.V^'>en 'h/» -- -ed by 

opened, and one U biroli^TVetM 1"?^?; 



THE ri,OISTER AVI) THE HEARTH 

timidly lie should try fur two of those prizes. They sUred 
m silence, for their breath was gone at his audacity; but one 
hornrt laugh exploded on the floor like a peUrd. Gerard looked 
down, and there wa. the dw.rf, slit and fanged from ear to ear 
at his exptnje, and laughing like a lion. Nature, relentinu at 
having made Giles so snuill, had given him a» a set-off' the 
biggest vi.ice on record. His very whisper was a bassoon. He 
was like those stunted wide-mouthed pieces of ordnance we see 
on fortifications; in..re like a flower-pot than a cannon ; but ods 
tympana how they bellow ! 

Geianl turned red with anger, the more s,. as the others 
began to titter. White Catherine saw, and a pink tinge came 
on her check. She said softly, " Why do you laugh > U it 
because he is our brother you thmk he cannot be capable > 
Ye., Gerard try with the rest. Many say you are skilful ; and 
mo.her and 1 will pray the Virgin to guide your hand.' 

"Thank you, little Kate. You shaU pray to our Lady, and 
our mother shall buy me veUum and the colours to iUuminate 
With. 

" What will they cost, my lad ' " 

En'^brmfn'e'yr""" ^ ""' '""""'^ "" '""'^'^ 

"What ! " .screamed the housewife, " when the bushel of rve 
costs but a groat ! What ! me spend a month's meal and m™t 
and fire on such vanity as that: the lightning from heaven 
would fall on me, and my children would all be beggars. " 

" Mother ! sighed little Catherine imploringly. 

"Oh I it is in vain, Kate," siid Gerard with a sigh. " I shall 
have to *^ve it u- „ ask the dame Van Eyck. She would give 
it me, but J think shame to be for ever taking from her " 

"It is not her affair," said Catherine very shan.Iy; "what 
tas she to do coming between me and my son ? " and she left 
the room with a red face. Little Catherine smiled. Presently 
the housewife returned with a gracious, aff'ectionate air, and 
two little gold pieces in her hand. 

"There, sweetheart," said she, "you wont have to trouble 
Oarae or demoiselle for two paltry crowns." 

But on this Gerard fell a thinking how he could spare her 
purse. "^ 

"One will do, mother. 1 will ask the good monks lo let me 
send ray copy of their 'Terence :' it is on snowy vellum, and I 
can write no better: so then I .shall only need sU sheets of 
vel um for my borders and miniatures, and gold for my ground 
and pnme colours— one crown will do." 

" Never tyne the ship for want of a bit of tar, Geranl," said thia 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

box. Going CTthe Ik,, t„ tZ , ^'^! ^I!"'?* " ^^'" ">. 
like going to n,vhe%t«ith .!,„».■ """"^ "' P'"""« '"' " » 

«oH«, than th« builder counted m,- "" " """ •»"" 

R.'sr:^i's:eThe"'»„kr.nTr "^""r^ '""««' ^^^^ 

"f his competitoramr,„"et';^ "^7 *".'". "-'^ ""*''* 
orown came out nf H, T " *J'i'^" '^'""' '''f'^'- -^"d the 

«n.oe. GTrU":.<;i"'Jrbr:tL.''ir "'"■ r;"? •'^^ 

might not enjov the world . fiill ! .■ "™'''' ''*"' ^ he 
from it for life. " ""'' ' '""= ''«f'"-= 'eparating himwlf 

take": lel'r' forTer'^rd"'' h'"-? "' ''" ^>-''' •"■'" Wm to 
-rpriH. he found ' w J"ad<;;:^d to S^P *" '""V "' '^ •■" 
Stadthouse in Rotterdm. """""^ *'"''^' "' 'he 

started tr^'tt^:i;rrh"h:r-:r "■ '^ '"^"""'"=''' «""«' 

»ilver-gre,- cloth, ^?h sleeve, ^^i ^^ T' *? T"' " ■'''"'''« "f 
but without sleev^ Fm™ h ■'•'"'"". "^ "'^ ^""= »'" it, 
m«p.ir„ftigh:fittingreksl\"ot'f .''^ !l-'» ^ ™» d«d 
points) to his doublet H s sho« we^ TI ^^ '"" f™""' 
and secured bv a st™ , .hi ^ T PO'nted, in moderation, 
On his hSd -nd thrC'ron:fs1,e"ck 'h'e'^ hoUow of the foot' 
and pinned to his Iwck betwe™ h h 7^" *"' ""**"« '"''■•. 
was further secured h„ ''^'"'"," ''If, shoulders was his hat : it 

P«sed«u„dhr^m1heSofle ft""" ,"£"' "'" '««' 
on his breast; below his hlf.** k 5 ."'.'"'"'"''"''' ""tly 

b^d waist-belt, w J wrieathe^^^^aHet'" Whe"'"^"' "" "' *■'' 
a league of Rottenian, hcT^^Znll- j .*"..''* «°' "^'h"' 
witlT: pair that were "„re J He tE, H ' ''u ""= ™"" f"" '" 
the rriadside qiute worn o^?, °' ,i ""f"^ '" "''' ""»" «'«"« by 
his hand, wilF. fie brimVT r """''j J"»"'S woman holding 
trudged 'bv, and noticed nothLr"""- u*'' ^"""^ P'°P'' 
passed, drew conolus^ons Even d?e«T?r ''"' Gerard, ,» "^e 
study it so closely as he did, belngtlll^'Ji:.!^'^ V°n ^'"' 
wore a gown, and a fur tinnel »n,l *"''™'™'^- 'he old man 
dignity ; but the trianguiaf Crse at hu '' n"''' '"T "«"' "^ 
«own n«ty, the fur ^oJn s^r.i;L:{ ^.^It^^t'"' ""-■ 
woman was dressed in plain russet cloth ■ "^T^' ^^ ^T""* 
covered that part of her , "ck the ^ow" LO '""r"^}'' '»wn 
half way up her white thZ \ * T , " '""'''"'' ™d ended 
hroider/; aJId her headiSe^'w'a" :;e!'"to r""' ,'"«°"' ^'"- 
hidin* her hair in a pile of-^L^n^r C, It^an ■";:rt"J 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

work of silver cord with Bilver sr-iigles at the interstices: in 
this her glosny mibiini hair wan mllol in front into two solid 
waved, and sup|iortnl behind in a luxurious ami shapely mass. 
His i|uick eye took in all this, and the old man's pallor, and the 
tears ill the youii); woman's eyes. So when he had passed them 
a few yanls, he reilcctMl, and turned back, and came towards 
them bashfully. 

" Father, I fear y«« are tired." 

"Indeed, my son, I am," replied the old man, "and (aint 
for lack of foo<l. " 

Gerard's address did not ap|>ear so aKreeable to the girl as to 
the old man. She seemed ashamed, and, with much reserve 
ill her manner, said that it was her fault— she had underrated 
the distance, and imprudently allowed her father to start too 
late in the dHy. 

" No, no ! " said the old man ; " it is not the distance, it is 
the w.'int of nourishment." 

The girl put her arms round his neck with tender concern, 

but took that opportunity of whispering, " Father, a stranger 

a young man !" 

But it was too late. Gerard, with simplicity, and quite as a 
matter of course, fell to gathering sticks with great exp«litiun. 
This done, he took down his wallet, out with the manchet of 
bread and the iron flask his careful mother had put up, and his 
everlasting tinder-box; lighted a match, then a candle-end, 
then the sticks— and put his iron flask on it. Then down he 
went on his stomach, and took a good blow : then looking up, 
he saw the girl's face had thawed, and she was looking down at 
him and his energy «1th a demure smile. He laughed back to 
her. "Mind the pot," said he, "and don't let it spill, for 
Heaven's sake: there's a cleft stick to hold it safe with;" 
and with this he set olf running towards a cornfield at some 
distance. 

Whilst he was gone, there came by, on a mule with rich 
purple housings, an old man redolent of wealth. The purse at 
his ginlle was plethoric, the fur on his tippet was ermine, bioad 
and new. 

It was Ghysbrecht Van Swieten, the burgomaster of Tergou. 
He was old, and his face furrowed. He was a notorious miser, 
and looked one generally. But the idea of supping with the 
Duke rBise<l him just now into manifest complacency. Yet at 
the sight of the faded old man and his bright daughter sitting 
by a fire of sticus, the smile died out of his face, and he wore a 
strange look of pain and uneasiness. He reined in his mule. 
"Why, Peter, — Margaret," said he, almost fiercely, "what 
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SHK WAS I.OOKIN1; DOWN AT HIM WITH 



A DK.MUKK S.MILK 



THE CUH8TER AND THE HEARTH 

muramery i, thii ? ■ Peter wu goina t.. «i„wcr, bul MM.„rel 
.nlerpo«,l h».tily, .„d »i.l: "My fiihrr w,.. c-,h.„.|,d «. I 
!'."Ii.r*f?'"''j""'"5"''"i« *" «*•« •"'" "«n-ii(tth before »e so on • 
JrArJ r^"!:^'' '»/'"' J'y ">= "«"«1<1<; 111" thr BohemUns" 
Mid Ohy.brechl, and his hiind went Into hi» nnnr ; but it did 
not wem >t home there ; it fumbled uneertiiiiiU , .fnid too larse 
« coin might htiilc tu n linger and eome out. 

At thii moment who shindd rome boundiiis up Iml Genrd 
He had two Htrau, in hl» hand, an.l he threw hin,«;lf .lown 
bjr the fire aiHl relieved Margaret of the c«kin« part : then 
.uddeuly recogmsing the burgoraa.ter, he eolouJed.ll over. 

hu, hand out of hi, pun,e. •■ Oh ! ■ «iJhe bitterly, " I am not 
VNrZl. •™' """."'""'J' •■"."'ling a long look of su.picio„ on 
Margaret, and hostibly on Cercn), that was not very intelligible 
However, there wa« something ,.bout it that Margaret could 
read enough to blush at. nnd iilmost toss her head. Gerald only 
»Ure<' with ,urpri.e. " By St. Bavon, I think the old miser 
(jnidgea u. three our quart of «,up, " said he. W hen the young 
man put that mterpreUtion on Ghysbrechfs strange and mean- 
ipSakTr ' "*"*' ""^ '-'"''">' «"«"«!. ""d »niil«l guily on the 
Meantime Ghy.brecht plodded en, more wretched in h:s 
.1 . .1. '••"«'•■ their poverty. And the curious thing is. 

lul "''""''«' ">« PUT'e housings, .md one-half the coin in 
that plethoric purse belonged not to Ghysbrecht Van Swieten, 
but to that faded old man and that comely girl, who sat bv a 

irfr K* ?■■' t^ '■"' "^ " "'""«"• ■'■•■-/•^'d not know Z; 
but Ghysbrecht knew it, and carried in his heart a scorpion of 
hia own begetting: that scorpion is remorse-the remor4 that, 
not beuig penitence, is incurable, and ready for fresh misdeeds 
upon a fresh temptation. 

Twenty years ago, when tihysbrecht Van Swieten was a hard 
and honest man, the touchsUme opportunity came to him, »nd 
k I l .t".!"' °^ '"?«'««' n>«»ery. It seemed a safe one. It 
T J u'"l° J^""" ' ""'^= """■ *''°"«'' he had never felt safe. 
V^ 1 ^ "w" ^°""'' «"'^T"«'. «nd, above all, knowledge, 
seated by f«r Margaret and her father on terms that look 
lamihar and loving. 
And the fienda are at his ear agaiiL 



II 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 



CHAPTRR ri 

"Thc soup U hot, ' Mid Gtrard. 

" Bill how are we to ({et It to our moiithi > " lnqulrr>) the 
senior deapanriingly. 

"F.lher, the young nun h*» brought ui itimwi." And 
Margaret imiled ulily. 

" ■'^J'' jy ' " «»'<' «he old man ; " but my poor bones are stKr, and 
indeed the Are Is Iik> hut for a l)ody to kneel over with these short 
straws, St. John the Baptist, but the young man Is adroit ' " 

For, while he sUted (lis difficulty, Gerald removed it He 
untied In a moment the knot on his breast, took his hat off put 
a stone Into each comer of it, then, wrapping his hand in the 
tall of his jerkin, whipped the Aaak off the (Ire, wedged it in 
between the stones, and put the hat under the old man's nose 
with a merry smile. The other tremulously inserted the pipe 
of rye-straw and sucked. Lo and lielmid, hla wan, drawn face 
was seen to light up more and more, till It quite glowed ; and 
as soon as he had drawn n long breath : 

"Hippocrates and Galen I" 'le cried, " tis a tou/w oh tm~- 
the restorative of restoratives. Blessed be the nation that 
invented It, and the woman that made it, and the young man 
who brings it to fainting folk. Have a suck, my girl, while I 
relate to our young host the history and virtues of this his 
sovereign compound. 'I.!, t rrolxirat.vt. young sir, wan 
unknown to the ancienta : we fii.d It neither in their treatises of 
medicine, nor in those popular narratives, which reveal many 
of their remedies, both in chlrurgerj' and medicine proper. 

Hector, in the Ilias, if my memory does not play me false " 

[Margaret. '• Alas ! he's off."] 

'■ »"" invited by one o{ the ladies of the poem to drink 

a draught of wine ; but he declined, on the plea that he was 
just going into battle, and must not Uke aught to weaken his 
powers. Now, if the mupr an n» had lieen known in Troy, 
It is clear that in declining nnnm mrmrn upon that icorc, he 
would have added in the next hexameter, ■ But a loupe au 
iw, madam, I will dcgusl, and gratefully.' Not only would 
this hava been but common civility— a virtue no perfect com- 
mander is wanting in— but not to have done it would have 
proved him a shallow and improvident person, unfit to be 
tru.sted with the conduct of a war ; for men going into a battle 
need sustenance and all possible support, as is proved by this, 
that foolish generals, bringing hungry soldiers to blows with full 
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THE CLOISTEK AND THE HEAHTH 

h.vi..;„!^ hL , l'l>"l»i», Vcnu., ..,,1 th.. hicwd Mint. 

■•Oh. f.tlirr, niw ' ,n c«glr, ,|,„li ' " 

'^:lthl•r! clf-nr iHthrr I " 
««««™blv"'liri!.';"' fri'' ' *'" '■*• *"*"'■ """•«"""'•'>')■ and u„. 

KO we lo th, ■ , ■ '""" ""■™ "" ""'" '« "> •« K»thrred 

De»r (»th.r, ,,r Ih.,- „.l,l thysWf ,.. that vnerable co,n«u,v 

:;:'^hMLi.r^';;n::j':-t,r'-'"'^^ 

I hi, spared th.n. thr ",n<Klcn, instances,- .•»„l gave (itrard 

^Kn^:;.:s:i:r:^',:::iir'"--"™^ 
»;^g,;ir^i:dti-nL;i:»'^';!,'tJ;;:t';i:r;^'^ 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

" Fair mistress, I hopn] you would let me put my lips to your 
straw, there bein({ but two. " "^ ' 

Margaret smiled and blushed. "Never beg that you may 
command, said she "The straw is not rainef 'tis yoini.- you 
cut It ni yonder field. ' ' 

"I cut it, and that made it mine; but, after that, your lip 
touched It, and that made it yours." ^ 

"Did it ? Then I will lend it y..u. There-now it is your. 
ajfam ■ ifour lip has touched it." 

" Nil. it belongs to us both now. Let us divide it." 

" By all means ; yon have a knife." 

"No, 1 will not cut it— that would !«■ unlucky. Ill bite .' 

home" I doub ^^^^ ""^ '"""' '' ^''" ''"' ''""" ^"""' """' ^^ «" 
" You know me not 1 waste nothing. It is odds but I 
make a hairpin of it, or something." 

This answer dashed the novice Gerard, instead of provoking 
hini, to fresh efforts, and he was silent. And now, the bread 
:md soup being disposed of, the old scholar prepared to continue 
Ins journey. Then came a little difficulty : Gerard the admit 
could not tie ..IS nbbon again as Catherine had tied it. Margaret 
alter sily eyeing his efforts for some time, offered to help him- 
tor at her age girls love to be coy and tender, saucy and gentle 
by turiis and she saw she had put him out of countenance but 
now. ihen a fur head, with its stately crown of auburn hair 
glMsy and glowing through silver, bowed sweetly towarus him- 
and, while it ravished hi, eye. two white supple hands played 
delicately upon the stublxini ribbon, and moulded it with soft 
and airy touches. Then a h. .ivenlv thrill ran through the 
innocent young man, and vague glim|Kes of a new world of 
leelmg and sentiment o[iened on him. And these new and 
exquisite sensations Margaret unwittingly prolonged : it is not 
natural to her sex to hurrj^ aught that pertains to the sacred 
toilet. N,|v, when the taper Hngers had at last subjugated the 
ends ol the knot, her mind was not quite easy till bv a 
mancBuvre peculiar to the female hand, she had made her Mlm 
convex, and so applied it with a gentle pressure to the centre 
ot the knot-a sweet little coaxing hand-kiss, as much as to 
say. Now be ..good knot, and stay so." The palm-kiss 
was bestowed on the ribbon, but the wearers heart leaped to 
meet it. ^ 

"'riiere, that is how it was," said Margaret, and drew back 
to tJie one last keen survey of her work ; then, kxiking up for 
simple approval ol her skill, received full in her eyes a loilging 
ga/e of su.li ardent adoration, as made her lower them quiikly 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

and col..,. ,11 „v„. An indescribable tremor seized her and 
'. ._....■: „,;.: dnwncast lashes and tell-Ule cheeks, and took 
h. ,n rjl't" '■ opposite side. Cierard, blushing at 

h. , .cared her „ay with his eves, took the other arm ; and 
so h t»o .v,u„, thmgs went downcast and conscious, and 
•^ ^^, ■ - ■ • W'- along in silence. 

They entered Hotterdam by the Schiedam/e I'oort ; and as 
Geranl was unacquainted with the town, Peter directe™ him 

l:;/ '° «'^""<"■h Straet, in which the Stadthouse whT h" 
h.u,sell was gmng with Margaret to his cousin, in the Ooster! 

apart They bade each other a friendly adieu, and Gerard 
d.ved jnto the great town. A profound lense o .°Zude M 
upon h>m yet the streets were crowded. Then he lamen e 

Z V\r' <"■ •'-'-■'^y. he had not asked h^ ^7, n 
panions who they were and where thev lived 

.„J f .""^'f'^ "y shamefacedness ! " said he. •• But their wonl, 

rhlsDerntTh "''"Tr'^T "'"' ""™"»' '■"' -^-eth/ng d"d 
wh^per nie they would not be known. I shall never se* her 

rZ;t r"'^ ""'•''' ' '""' y™ »"•' y""<- ™ys- Tolhink 

r must meet bea.,ty and gomlness an,l learning-three pearls of 
price— and never see them more ! " ^ 

Falling int.. this sad reverie, and letting his body go where 
It would he lost his way; but presently meetir'aTmZd^ 
persons a 1 moving in one direction, he mingle,! *th th™m fol 
he argued they must be .naking for the .Stadthouse. S'the 
n..,sy troop that containcl the n,o,Klv Ocrarci emerged not 
upon the Stadthouse, but upon a large meadow by hT^de " 
the .Maas; a.,d then the attraction was revealed. G,"ne of aU 
sorts we,^ going on: wrestling, the game of palm the nuint, ,„ 
legerdemam, archer,., tumbling. i„\hich a^ I'b lusher «v' 

^^ZT "t^ " """" r*™''''' "■ "'^ «™' delectation rfX' 
company There was also a trained bear, who stood on his head 
and marched upright, and bowed with prodigioTgravit to hl^ 
master; and a W that beat a drum, and a »ck fha^ strutted 
on httle stUts disdainfully. These things made OerU 7augh 

?„7h >. T'- *"" ""^ «»>' "«"'■ """'^ not really enhvenu 
for his heart was not in tune with it «., i.. ■ "en u, 

m» say to his fellow Uiat thTDre' ll ^.„'':Zf i^eS^ 
but was gone to the Stadthouse to enterUin the bu^ter^ 
Wend r™^?"', "'^ """P^"'"" for the prizes, a^Hhe" 
fnends, he suddenly remembered he was huLry and should 

he f^unrtre'VoLt^St f "^ '^*5 ""e river-si^lnd this^Tj^ 

SLS:ie'"Bu".^e/rgot""ttii r^ - - «'^t'^.: 

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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

cne door, then at another, titt he came to the |p-eat gate ul' the 
courtyarti. It was kept by soldiers, and superintended by a 
pompous major-domo, gUtterin>f in an embroidered collar and a 
gold chain ot' office, and holding a white ntaff with a gold knob. 
There was a crowd of persons at the gate endeavouring to soften 
this official rock. They came up in turn Hke ripples, and retired 
as such in turn. It cost Gerard struggle to get near him, and 
when he was within tour heads of the gate, he saw somethi- _: 
that made his heart beat ; there was Peter, with Margaret un 
his arm, soliciting humbly for entrance. 

'■ My cousin the alderman is not at home; they say he is 
ht re." 

" What is that to me, old man .-• " 

■ If you will not let us puss in to him, at least take thi*^ leaf 
from my tablet to my cousin. See I have written lus name : he 
will come out to us." 

■'For what do you take me? I carry no messages. 1 keep 
the gate." 

He then bawled in a stentorian voice, inexorably : 

" No strangers enter here, but the competitors and their 
companies." 

" Come, old man," cried a voice in the crowd, " you have 
gdtien your answer ; make way." 

Margaret turned half round imploringly : 

" Good people, we are come from far, and my father is old ; 
and my cousin has a new servant that knows us not, and would 
not let us sit in our cousin's house." 

At this the crowd laughed hoarsely. Margaret shrank as if 
they had struck her. At that moment a hand grasped hers — a 
magic grasp ; it felt like heart meeting heart or magnet steel. 
She turned quickly round at it, and it was Gerard. Such a 
little cry of joy and appeal came from her bosom, and she 
began to wliim|>er prettily. 

They had hustled her and frightened her, for one thing; and 
her cousin's thoughtlessness, in Jiot even telling his servant they 
were coming, was cruel ; and the servant's caution, however 
wise and faithful to her master, was bitterly mortifying to her 
father and her. And to her so mortified, and anxious and 
jostled, came suddenly this kind hand and face. "Hinc ills 
Ip.crima'." 

" All is well now," remarked a coarse humorist ; " she hath 
gotten her sweetheart." 

" Haw ! haw ! haw ! " went the crowd. 

She dropped Gerard's hand directly, and turned round, with 
eyes flashing through her tears : 
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t^W- 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

enabled Ge™„, tJt:^V^"t ;:Z'' ""' '"''■ ^"^ »"-« 
i am a competitor, sir." 

;• Gerard Eliassoen can enter." 
^^ W ith my oom|wny, tliese two > " 

'■ Wfat miner" '''l\':Z """''T^ ^ l''^^' -""^ '^'-"- J™" 
RO not in." '"'^ ""^ "y '"'■"<'»' ""J without them I 

" Stay without, then." 
"That will I not." 
"That we will see." 

" Ho , Phiup, E>nL op Holland ! " 
Are you mad .? " cried the porter. 

"HSrh'hX"™^"""^"^""-™"" 

," u""!.?"-'- ™'^ '■'^^ "^'» ""^^E"' PASS J\ " 

janitor:tak"ng"'"' ""''^ '^""'^'^ "-^ ' '•'» •'««!," cried the 

sho^„';:S,:-;lf:?^irC|s:'° "■"'"^■" ^'™"^-' "■"-"er, he 
"Open the gate, ve knavts i w.v » 

theTrX S"a„d ^L™^*^' %"' -'-S'-l.ered 
victorious three m.Tch;dTntrTumnh''", ";'!.' ""''" "'"<^'' "-e 
P«»sed, the pikerclashed ?olTP r : ^'"' '"°"'™' "'«^y h'd 
way aiid all 1. ft ""™ '"Ks'her horizontally to bar the eate- 

up2rr.c^fVHSte'''vf7»'T "is-s'" '"^ '"- 

in tables loaded with rich T^?' ^''« ™"rt-yard was laid out 
Guests in richaud ™ri„ . ' """^ P"*'' *'"' gorgeous plate, 

of f-hit br::Jh«7a"S''s::e?um'"tr''i7 h ™"p^ 

U>.e .Hen co^s that trave^'ed^^rjlrard't^^-'oV-m:;;^ 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

hues, including some urtificial oneti of gold, silver, and wa.., 
hung pen 'ant. or peeped like fair eyes among the green leaves 
of plane-trees and lime-trees. The Duke's minstrels swept their 
lutes at intervals, and a fountain played red Burgundy in six 
jets that met and battled in the air. The evening sun darted 
its fires thmugh those bright and purple wine spouts, makmg 
them jets ami cascades of molten rubies, then |iassing on, tinged 
with the blood of the grape, shed crimson glories here and 
there on fair faces, snowy lieards, velvet, satin, jewelled hilts, 
glowing gold, gleaming silver, and s|)arkling glass. Gerard and 
his friends stooil dazzled, spell -bound. Presently a whisper 
buzzed round them, " Salute the Duke ! Salute the Duke ! " 
Thjy looked up, and there on high, under the dais, was their 
sovereign, bidding them welcome with a kindly wave of the 
hand. The men bowed low, and Margaret curtsied with a deep 
and graceful obeisance. The Duke's hand being up, he gave it 
another turn, and iKjhited the new-comers out to a knot of 
valets. Instantly seven of his people, with an obedient start, 
went headlong at our friends, seated them at a table, and put 
fifteen many-coloured soups before them, in little silver bowls, 
and as many wines in crystal vases. 

" Nay, father, let us not eat until we have thanked our good 
friend, " said Margaret, now first recovering from all this bustle. 
" Girl, he is our guardian angel." 
CJerard put his face into his hands. 

" Tell me when you have ilone, " said he, " and 1 will reappear 
and have my supper, for 1 am hungry. 1 know which of us 
three is the happiest at meeting again." 
"Me?" inquireil Margaret. 
" No : guess again." 
"Father?" 

"No." ^ . 

" Then 1 have no guess which it can be ; " and she gave a 
little crow of happiness and gaiety. The soup was lasted, and 
vanished in a twirl of fourteen hands, ami fish came on the 
table in a dozen forms, with patties of lobster and almonds 
mixed, and of almonds and cream, and an immense variety of 
Lnmeh, known to us as rissoles. The next trifle was a wild 
lioar, which smelt divine. Why, then, did Margaret start 
away from it with two shrieks of dismay, and pinch so good a 
friend as Gerard? Because the duke's aiisinier had been 
too clever; had made this excellent dish too captivating to the 
sight as well as taste. He hiul reslored to the animal, by 
elaborate mimicry with burnt sugar and other edible colours, 
the hair and bristles he had robbed him of by fire and water. 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 
To ni«ke hi,,, still more enticiog. the huge lu»ks w«e Mreftillv 

Mnile that comes of tusk i„ man or beast; and two eves o^ 
coloure,! sugar globed i„ his head. St. Ar^s ! what eyes J, 
imght. so blo.«l-shot, so threatening-thev followed a man and 
every movement of his knife and spoon. " liut, indeed f nee 
thPpene,l ol Granville or lenniel tiinake you see the I vo gi 
valets „,, the o|,p,-,site side of the table pitting the .nonster 
down before our friends, with a sn.iling, sel'-satisfied. bonevoTe," 
obse,,,,„„s„ess-i„r this ghastly .nonster was the Hower of™ 
rZ f ''V'*' •^'-to'- 'I'^^l'inx both hands in pious admira 
t,on of .t ; Margaret wheeling round with horror-strekei, eves 
and her hand on (ieranls slu.Mkler, sq.eaking and pinehfng 
hs (aee of „„„i,e delight at bei„i pinched, the S^ 
brute glanng sulk.ly „„ all, and the guests grinning frii^l 

"VVhafs to doj" shouted the Duke, hearing the signal, of 
female d,stress. Seven of his people with a zeaLs start went 
headlong and told hi,,,. He l«ughe,l and said, "Give her of 
the beef-stuffing, then, and hring^ne Sir Boar" Bene olen 
monarch! I he beef-stufting was his own private d^ On 

the poor. But th,s w,se as well as charitable prince had dis- 
covered that whatever venison, hares, lamb, po't.ltn-, &" vo„ 
ttnl^'tl ''"° 'hat beef cavern, got cooked to pe*ction,^rc^ 

These he called h,s beef-stuffing, ami took delight therein as 
d.d now our tno ; for, at his wo„l, seven of his people wen Te.^! 
long, and drove silver tndents into the steaming cave at random 
«id speared a k,d, a cygnet, and a Hock of wild fowl tS 
presently snjoked before GeranI and con,pa„v ; and Peters fa « 
sad and shghtly morose at the loss of the s.,;age hog Ixr^^d 
and shone. After this, twenty different tarts of frjsa,^^ 
and las of all, conleetioncry on a Titanic scale; cathedrals of 
sugar, all pit and painted in the interstices of hrbTr" efs 
castles w,tl, their ,„„at.. and ditches, imitated to f he S •' 
elephants, camels, toads; knights on ho.-scback jousting: kings' 
and prmcesses l,x.king on; trumpeters blowing; and all the?e 
personages dehcious eating, and their veins filled with sweet- 
scented juices : works of art m«le to be destroyed. The guests 
breache.1 a bast,on, crunched a crusader and his horse aiul lance 
or cracked a bishop, cope, chasuble, crosier and all, as remorse 
lessly as we do ,. carraway comfit ; sipping meanwhile hippocras 
and other sp,ced drinks, and Greek and Corsica,, winesf^, L 
every now and then little Turkish boys, turbaned, sping ed 



i 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 
«n<I pertumcd. '' " '" """P "'^ quests' I,„n,l, ,.,„,| 

the bearer of „ IcuLtothl ple" M '^ '■'■""■'"''^^■' '"^ -«' 
lone, h„U a^ked one of tl e ser^„" ,? f^""'' T','' '" °" ""''"■ 
>Ie iver it. Tl.e man took it «"h".,l«, ' J""''' ""''"''*'■ t" 

".liall hear why ■•■rKaret <lld not remind him • we 

.t p^t:^^:^ s- z^tHir Si" ^ -^'^ '^^ "^ •"- 

.ndscrean,ed at the boar. But he forl,!,^?''"'' *T«' '•'"'"■' 
tor ,nunici,wl reasons. Margaret »« "'"■"'' *» ""■"■• 

th:c::;!:::;X'er:"i',ren"''/:,;i'™r""' '"^ -■■ -'-"" 

.ny house and none will be the wiser •' "'•■ '^'' '*''«''■" to 

Hail the courses were ln<3t «» .'^ ' i 
were no great eate« and i,°t ""^ »"'' '*'"««'"■ They 
thoughta that have e;erbein unZn "IT ^'"""« "" ''"'■'t 
there is a delicate kind „f Lmu.",t To ' '" "PP*""' ""t 
t»o were perhaps more sens," "' S' '" ."^'f '"«"-"™ 'hese 
assembly—the delights of rn „,. . ^ °""''' P"'' »" that 

which blended su fafctatlf; h":; '""'"■ ^"^ P*'^™-' -J' °' 

to js: '^t'r\^,'':^:!:f2" ^>- -" — •< 

*«Je, the rich dresses, the bright Utie "„??. 'T' ""^ ««- 
cool music of the fountain, and all fa"es1^ h '" " "x" ""■ 

then, it i, to you we owe it " ''"PP^' »"'' W 1 and 

"^. :XZ Smf'ti^V ""'"^'"'^ »"'^'- 

hsten to the tbunU n whkt Tre vou"*"" '™«""">- ' " 

He told her ^ " " """petitor for.>" 

" te'lhichri,::" ^'" ™^ p-^^- "' '-''•■■ 



"let me 



.„,e/. k«p rep«.t,nj-, out of custom : it i, .^t 

-l^i-^-^C.u''""-' ^^ -'-". child. -.^id M„,„., 
fo^ ever";- au.'i'' 'Z^r h' ' ■'";' "■^■" ' '"""ght I l-d let v„„ 



inobt of 



these beautiful thing,,, 



rf««i one ?■• ■ ""' cned at the gate loud eLugh^o 

"■«nySi;thi,!is'l,er^' f'?'" '?>' f"" "" yo". There! r 
'he faire,t of ^^ '."n^; '«;""" ', ™l".>"'- "-"ved ' b" 
""J the setting Juu mLw it ^Tr '"'f'^ ''"''■ '" "« ^Iver "A^" 
prmses for beauty, •„,!2/l „/' S'"''""" "f «hat the VuS.' 
oh «-hat a pity l.uS.y^'^ "i " '«'™'-*°/'«W*id 
endeavour, a't Alumina „! ' "TouL"" if"'"" ' ^«' "' ">' I^r 
™" on If, It is like an r 3 "^'^f- There, now the sun is 
smee^her until to-lav." '^^ ^ """ ^''y look«I, and non. 

favoured"^;, iik■^;™:rt''h t'he Ou ^^ /^J"- " <-'■ coa.e- 
' thought you were » I '^"^^" of Heaven » Oh f i.-. j , 

'hoekeS ap^paren^ti;:' " *^'""' ^"""S """"■■ And M^t^ZH 
tierard tried to exnlain .< i 

"Yg':;:.;;,';^."' --'-^ «^-, aildrhra;^!'^:^-^... "^' ' "•" 

" 5= not angi-y now ! " 



" Be not angiy now ! 
'Now, is it likely 



' Ti : 



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i^ 



THE TLOISTEH AMI THE HKARTfl 

" 1 love yriu." 

"Oh, for shHinc I ynii must not \m that to mt'," unci Miir^aret 
coluiired furiously at thU Hiidclrii asitault. 

" I can't help it. 1 love yon. I love you." 

" Hush, hush ! for pity's -ake ! I most not lis en to wieh 
woriU from a stranger. I ain onftrateful to cull you a stranger. 
Oh, how one may lie mistake' ' If 1 hail known you were so 

bold " .\nd Marjjarct's Lisom hepui to heave, and her 

checks were covered with blushes, and she looked towards her 
slcejiio),' father, very much like u timid thing that meditates 
actual Hight. 

Then (ieranl was frightened at the alarm he cause<l. " For- 
give me," sHid he imploringly. " How could any one help 
loving you ? " 

" Well, sir, I will In/ and forgive you- you are .so good in 
ftther respects ; hut then yem must promise me never to say you 
—to say that again." 

" (jive me your hand then, or you don't forgive me." 

.She hesitateil ; but eventually put out her halul a very little 
way, very slowly, and with seeming reluctance. He took it, 
•nnil held it prisoiu-r. When she thought it had been there long 
enough, she tried gently to draw it away. He held it tight ; 
it submitted quite iiatiently to force. What L\ the use resisting 
force.' .She turned her head away, atul her long eyelashes 
drooped sweetly. OeRinl lost nothing by his promise. Words 
were not heeded here ; and silence was more eloipient. .Nature 
was in that day what she is in tmrs ; but manners were some- 
what freer. Then, as now, virgins drew back alarmed at the 
first words i»f love ; but of prudery and artificial cutpietry 
there was little, and the young sotm read one another's hearts. 
Everything was on Oerard's side ; his good looks, her belief in 
his goodness, her gratitude ; and opportunity : for at the Duke's 
lianquet this mellow sununer eve, all things disposed the female 
nature to tenderness : the avenues to the heart lay open ; the 
senses were so soothed and subdued with lovely colours, gentle 
scainds, and delicate odours ; the sun gently sinking, the warm 
air, the green canopy, the cool music of the now violet 
fountAiii. 



Gerard and Margaret sat hand in hand in silence; and 
Gerald's eyes sought hers lovingly ; and hers now and then 
turned on him timidly and imploringly ; and [iresently two 
sweet unreasonable tears rolled down ' her cheeks, and she 
smiled deliciously while they were drying: yet they did not 
take long. 



aa 



TflK rmiSTER A\0 I 



HK Hi^ARTII 



l»in 
and 







0«, tl,„„„.T. d.,., tl,.m.,-rj d.,, ,u.u .. 



chaptrh III 

toTpnmlr "^ "'"' '='">'"' "•'■ '"- that w«.'t„«„ 

CierarJ rose to obey 

me not." "' "■"" ""' ' "' y"" b^'k^. a"d you .aw 

coldly:-' """" •'"'■"""' ' ^"^ >"" '"'« »>■■■".• -" Margare' 
" You saw me, and spoke not to me > " 



' 



INK CU)ISrEU AM) THE HKARTH 

*' Thi* iilitd ' " 

"/Villi 1 had II mind to are whrther it wmh 'like iiinid like 
maxtcr : ' I'ur there i^ Mmth in bywordit. " 

Witliani Johii>oti hliiKhed purple. He saw Murgurt-t uas 
keen, ami suspected him. He did th** visest thing under the 
circiimstHnceH, trusted In deeds not wuri's. He insiiited on 
their comin){ home with him at once, and he would show them 
whether they were welcome to Rott*-nUm or not 

" Who dotibts it, cm^in ? Who d(Milits it ? " «»rtid the sichoUr. 

Margaret thankrd hitu graciously, but demurred to go just 
now: iuud nhe w.-*<itL'cl lo hear the minstrels iigftin. In about a 
quarter of an hour Johnscn reneu'ed his propoMt, and bade her 
observe that muny nf the i^uests hud \ei\. Then her real reawn 
came out. 

" It were ill ni. tuners ta our friend ; and he will lose un. He 
knowii not where we Iinlge in Rntttrdrtm, and the rity i>. large, 
and we have jiarted company once already. ' 

" Oh ! " said Johntstoii, " we will provide for that. My young 
man, ahem ! I mean my sccrctjiry, shall Ml liere and wait, and 
brhij; him on to my hou.se : he shall lodge with me and with 
no other." 

"Cousin, we shall be too burdensome." 

" Vay, nay ; yon shall see whether you are welcome or not, 
you and ycr friends, and your friends' frie?ids, if need be ; and 
I ^hall hear what the Princesii would with him." 

Margaret felt a thrill of joy that lerard should be lodged 
under the same roof with her; then she had a slight misgiving. 
" But if your young man should he thoughtless, and go play, 
and fierard miss him ?" 

"He go play? He leave that spot where I put him? and 
bid him stay ? Ho ' stand f4)rlh, Hans Cloterman. ' 

A Hgure clad in black serge and dark violet hote arose, and 
took two steps and stood befori: them withoi't moving a muscle : 
a solemn, precise young man, the very statue of gravity and 
starched propriety. At his aspect Margaret, being very happy, 
could hai-dly keep ht:r countenance. But she whispered .lohnson, 
" I would put my hand in the fire for him. We are at your 
command, cousin, as soon as you have given him his orders." 

Hans was then instructed to sit at the table and wait for 
CJerard, and conduct him to Ooster-Waagen Straet He re- 
plied, not in wftrds, but by ealuily taking the seat indicated, and 
Margaret, Peter, and William Johnson went away together. 

"And, indeed, '.t is time you were abed, father, afler all 
your trivel," said Margaret. This had been in her mind all 
along. 

24 



m 



THE CIXJISTEH ANO THE HEARTH 

H,ii,H n„lt„„.,. S.I »»jt,„g f„r f ;„,„!, M,kmi. mi.l husii ■*,- 
nerf^t vLH"" ' "7 .''■'■■ '"" .'i'""' "° ""l»"e.Ke „. Ih.l 
^t L^jri* ." r "■;"" "" "■" "'■ '"• """"^ '"""« his 

Hmjrd Wu,i^,J" '""'' '" •""""•' "'"<"" "' ""' -"■j-'hrui 

A. Cieranl was long in .■■Mninjf. tin, palirnt Hans-hli tm- 
plovcr » r.ve |,„,nK no longer i>n hiin-iinprovetl the time liv 

hiten-^L "^^hl"'-'";!'',""^; •"*' "' ■■*"''' '"" """"fly >n"«u«d 
w«.n„Li ■ l"'/""''."/' *""■ ■""• »'"•= »«» *lrn„g, M, 

^.. S , T^'' ^""""^ ""'"'«'' "■' "o""" ">al Creation ex- 

C^^m^Z"r ,',° >.''"".•«'•" ''•?'"■ "' "" «'«'^ f'"'-'. "'I 
Tw he «n H r "■" "' B^RT-ly ">"« Pr".nt. With this 
view ne hilcd bumper nme, aiul rote gingerly hut solemnlv 
-n,l .lowly. Having reached his full heightfhe^in. ant^ rSS 

mZlTl "L'!'''^-»''r """'" fri«l«^<i-but no. disturhing , 
musde n h,s own long l«-e, which, in the total «lip.e of 
re««,n, retained its gravity, primi.ew, and infallibility. 

doJr'^ofTh'^'"'' ''r ^*""u' ""°"«'' ''^"•' l«"-««^ '" 'he 
braidertl . •?" r' /'^"' '"™ >°""« nobleman, em- 
broidered and feathered, ,«t sentinel, guarding the heir- 

senants held. A whisper from the seneschal, and one of them 
rose rcuctantly, stared at (ieranl with haughty surprise, and 

the pair, ed thein tlimugh a passage or two and landed t' -^ 
11 an aate-ehainber, where sat three more vouiig gentlen. 
feathered furred, and embroidered like pieces of fan.y work, «,J 
deep In thatnistructive and edifying branch of learning, dice 
' ™ <^"> \>"^'= 'lit Hrincess-it is too lal,-," sai.l om^ 
Another followed suit : 

,„wA''' >"""'<'"'"■ '\'"""' h "le Countesss orders; be so 
good as conduct him to her ladies." 

On this a su|ierb Adonis rose, with an injured look, and led 
Ocrard into a room where sat or lolloi^d eleven ladles, chatter- 
ing like magpies. Two, more industrious than the rest, were 
playing cats cradle with finge.s as nimble as tluir tongues. 
At the sight of a stranger aU the tongues stopped like one 



TMR C-LOISTRH \M> TIIK HKARTII 

piecr i>f i<iin|ilii'.ilr<l iiMchincry, ami all the lyin liiriitfl iiii 
(lennl, «« if llic loiinc Hiring tlwl ihiiliiil the Iminui-s hml 
tlininl the lyri mi. (iernnl !«»■. ill at tnsc lirlbrr, hut thin 
hnttcry nfryt-s (liHcoiiiiteimiicnl him, ami iltiwit wfiit tii\ t-ycM uii 
thf Knniiiil. I'hen Ihr niwanls fiiiiliiiK, like the hiire vthii nii 
by the imtiil ami the I'riitfs Kcuttlxl into the wutiT, that there 
WK1 a ireatiire they <iiiild frlKhteli, \t\nK\rA mill eiijiiyed their 
pniwe*iH. Then ii flueiina said severely, '■ MeMlaine^ ! " atul 
they were all abaslieil at oiiee «>, thiai){h a iiii«leslv strili({ hail 
lieeu iHilleil. TliiH ^aiiie iliiiMiim tiKik (ierarxl, ami mareheil 
liefiire him in siilemti »llenee. The yciuiiK man's heart sank, 
iinil he hiul half a iiiinil tu turn anil run out of the (ilaee. 
"What must priiiees lie,' he Ihiiujtht, -when their eiairtiem 
are »i) freezing ? Diiuhlless thi y take their lireeillii/j fnini him 
they serve. " These reHccliiuis were interrupted hy the duenna 
snriileiily intmliiiiiiK him iiilii a naim where three ladies sat 
working, and a pretty little jjirl tuning a lute. 

The ladies were riehly hut nut showily dressed, and the 
dm una went up to the one who was heniiil'iiiK a kerehief, and 
Saul a few words in a low tone. This lady then tunied towanlii 
(icrard with a smile, .mil heikoned him to eoiiie near her. 
She did not rise, but she laid aside her work, and her manner 
of turning tow.irds him, light .is the movement was, was full of 
graee and ease and eourtesy. .She lie((an a eonversation at ollee. 

■' Maritarel Van Kyek is an old friend of mine, sir, and i am 
right glad to have a letter from her haiul, and thankful to you, 
sir, for bringing it to ine safely. Marie, my love, this is the 
young genlleinan who bnmglit you that pretty miniature." 

"Sir, I thank you a thousand times," said the young lady. 

" I am (tlad you feel her debtor, sweetheart, for our Mend 
would have us to do him a little service in return." 

"I will do aiiytliing on earth for him," replied thi' ■ ",ii" 
lady with arttour. 

".\liylhing on earth is nothing in the world," said the 
Countess of t'harolois ipiietty. 

•' Well, then, I will What would you have me to do, sir.' " 

Oerard hail just found out what high society he was in. 
" My sovereign demoiselle, " said he, gently imd a little treinn- 
lously, " where there have been no pains, there needs no 
reward." 

"But we must oliey mamma. All the world must obey 
mamma." 

"That is true. Then, our demoiselle, reward me, if you will, 
by letting me hear the stave you were going to sing, and I did 
interrupt it" 

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'•"•■ '"Xi^rv.r, AM, nil; iiKAimi 

"VVh..l.y..,il,m„,„s„., ^,i,- 
F «ilnr«- It." 

with « i..rt«i.™'K ,;,'""• '" "*,""""' '""■ " '"•" sh.. s„„„ 

•rick, „f ?^. „"'"'; ..'i""",'"-' " «»> ^l'" !<".•»■ n„„r „r .hJ 

mouth M.,,„,.,| (h "(h '„• ^7''-"l,,K"^h..,l. M-r htlle 
rliv (,>„„._, h,,.. „hmi„„ ],.r! "h- k'"' ' •" """" '"I-" 

milk With which ,i,,n '; , . ' "P'*-""" "*«>■*. Ill' -kini 
with iiittrest, li,r it *..„,„„. . "';'""" »"'"h<'l hi,,, 

Ki»-s« left off n",',rl;L."kr,'; ,;''*■'' ";'• '"^^ "■"-"' '■"• "ie 
-nd hm.,«K, hi,,, i,,.;.,: „'':ih"* '•""'"■" "■"••■ '""""^ » '-h""., 

«™tlepri,.e,.,«,X'^iH;':t:'»:„ -;■;,.' '""«< of love .„.! 

..ven t„ the eye ..f th.^h.,n.^::;'Si!;'t;:;;;:; ::s;;!z:::7' '^ 

TheCoimtess resiumil ■ 

Is 'th7fi^;' t:;i :^t' r "• '-.--iee^bie ,„ ,.0,,. u 
■ecio? b" i "c':^t":;„ h Tsh':,', z" - -'«'.-™' - »- "-v . 

an mcolyth." ^"" ""^ '"' ""'"'^^ ' ""J before idug 



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THK CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

" Well, Monsieur Oeiard, with your accoiTiplishments yon can 
soon pass through the inferior orders. And let me beg you to do 
so. For the day after you have said your first mass I shall *•- : 
the pleasure of appointing you to a benefire." 

"Oh» madam !" 

"And, Marie, remember I make this promise in your name 
as well as my own." 

" Fear not, mamma : I will not forget. But if he will take 
my advice, what he will be is the Bishop of Liege. The Bishop 
of Li^ge is a beautiful bishop. What ! do you not remember 
him, mamma, that day we were at Liege ? he was braver than 
grandpapa himself. He had on a crown, a high one, and it was 
cut in the middle, and it was full of oh ! such beautiful jewels : 
and his gown stiff with gold ; and his mantle, too ; and it had a 
broad border, all pictures ; but, above all, his gloves ; you have 
no such gloves, mamma. They were embroidered and covered 
with jewels, and scented with such lovely scent ; I smelt them all 
the time he was giving me his blessing on my head with them. 
Dear old man ! I dare say he will die soon — most old people 
do— and then, sir, you '•ai^ be bishop, you know, and wear " 

" Gently, Marie, gently : bishoprics are for old gentlemen ; 
and this is a young gentleman." 

" Mamma ! he is not so very young." 

" Not compared with you, Marie, eh .* " 

" He is a good bigth, dear mamma; and I am sure he is good 
enough for a bishop." 

" Alas ! mademoiselle, you are mistaken." 

"I know not that. Monsieur Gerard; but 1 am a tittle 
puzzled to know on what grounds mademoiselle there pronounces 
your character so boldly." 

" Alas ! mamma," said the Princess, " you have not looked 
at his face, then ;" and she raised her eyebrows at her mother's 
simplicity, 

" I beg your pardon," said the Countess, " I have. Well, sir, 
if I cannot go quite so fast as my daughter, attribute it to my 
age, not to a want of interest in your welfare. A benefice will 
do to begin your career with ; and I must take care it is not tcto 
far from — what call you the i)lace ? " 

"Tergou, madam." 

" A priest gives up much," continued the Countess ; " often, 1 
fear, he learns too late how much;" and her woman's eye 
rested a moment on Gerard with mild pity and half surprise at 
his resigning her sex, and all the heaven they can bestow, and 
the great parental joys : " at least you shall be near your friends. 
Have you a mother ? " 

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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 
"f ■'"',"'"''""'' "'""''s !'<■ to God ' ■■ 

thost who have a better ZliTl " ^■°'' '"'' '™K f™™ 

Duchess, oblige me by- bld^ro^^ ^fT '""'">' """ *' '"ve. 
the hall of uS,,er;'^hett;fsr/.'tr?'' conduct h™ to 

baSr„w':rrth';:ioo'° "■' ^"-- -^ "•« ph...™, a„d 

with a,; air i( s™ -a, ' ,„LTvT„r"g ?"' ' 't'".' ?'"''""« ''" '>e«l 
Bishop of Liige ■■ """«'""«• but you had tetter have been 

'.in.. The mind of „nrwhoh]^,'7r ''•''?" " ''"" """^ °™' 
not apt to take in contrlbcl^^ f I ''"'*'■ ""^'■^'f-' "fe is 
and lialance them, Zlmt^tot"^" "' ""^ l"'^ ■"»««'»' 
turn. While Gerarf was wm^h overpowered by each in 

so new a situa^ t^ mdLw fo""!^' ^""^ ^""-"""" <" 
pride it would cause at home ^^^I/?"'''^ '^"' ">' ""<! 
it was passion-s turn t be ^"1 "" "- ^' ■"" ■"™' 

MargareT whose soft h^d „e t^ fX'ta h"""'! .«'^'. "? 
eyes in his heart? resign her m,,l a 1 fi ^,' ^1'' *""• ''"P 

she had opened on hh ZC> n ""f" """^ ""'^ >"> 
come, was so strong that h^hastik revulsion, when it did 
Lome about the oified lenefit ^. Thfr"" '." ^J' nothing ., 
thought he. "she ha^s » i^, j .' ^*^ Countess is so good," 
fortuf,e: sh'e wiirn'reo„t?t .o7e "' """« V""*^' » 
learn > love one of !,« sex ,^L ,? •!"*" ''*"'" »•«■ 'h"" 
know ;;, for sh. .ast a s ™; ""ir"''' """"''. *'"'' '''^ ^"'^ 
«Jv« up much, too lch'*d.^l°she"wir' ■"''''' '^ P?"' 
about the palace." And with tl^f h /i 5"" "■" * P'""* 
was eased, Jmd, being now at the I. ♦'"' '^\'''°" '"'' -nind 
hall, he thank^ h s ronductnr . ™ u"' ^"^ ""^ banoueting- 

to Margaret. He^Z f ^rt'o?the ubf ""i" •'"^■^"' '>" 
Peter was gone too N'nlwi, f t«hle— she was gone. 

oitUen in Xrg.'^;„,^,°,^?™ "','•- table at all; oSy a 
and several peLTs were i?.' ""?^'«'' '""'er it de«l druik, 
Ge™,J neverru^dhowLZZ'tLT '", ""', >""' ""■"y" 
to him : he WM lookinrfor "TI t ■■ ' , f'^""' ''"""kard was 
He ran wildlv mun7the haU wft';;i.'""' ^'' ""^ "Beast "lie. 
emp.y. She was not there kltft T "7 ™"'P«™tiveIy 
foui,da crowd gaping at t^o irltf -e pa ace: outside he 
the gate. He 11^^ the„? eaSlvTf S " i"'^ "«'"^'' °™' 
™.. in a gown and „ ^^^^/^Jj^' f^^l^/Zj:^^ 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

the question. " They were staring at these new Ughts that 
turn night into day. They didn't trouble their heads about old 
nien and young wenches, every-day sights." From another 
group he learned there was a Mystery being played under 
canvas hard by, and all the world gone to see it. This revivetl 
his hopes, and he went and saw the Mystery. In this repre- 
sentation divine personages, too sacred for me to name here, 
came elumsily down from heaven to talk sophistry with the 
cardinal Virtues, the nine Muses, and the seven deadly Sins, 
all present in human shape, and not unlike one another. To 
enliven which weary stuff in rattled the Prince of the power of 
the air, and an imp that kept molesting him and buffeting him 
with a blailder, at each thwack of which the crowd were in 
ecstasies. When the vices had uttered good store of obscenitv 
and the Virtues twaddle, the celestials, including the nine 
Muses, went gingerly back to heaven one by one ; for there 
was but one cloud ; and two artisans worked it up with its 
supernatural freight, and worked it down with a winch, in full 
sight of the audience. These disposed of, the bottomless pit 
opened and flamed in the centre of the stage ; the carpenters 
and Virtues shoved the Vices in, and the Virtues and Beelzebub 
and his tormenter danced merrily round the place of eternal 
torture to the fife and tabor. 

This entertainment was writ by the Bishop of Ghent for the 
diffusion of religious sentiment by the aid of the senses, and was 
an average specimen of theatrical exhibitions so long as they 
were in the hands of the clergy. But, in course of time, the 
laity conducted plays, and so the theatre, I learn from the pulpit, 
has become profane. 

Margaret was nowhere in the crowd, and Gerai'd could not 
enjoy the performance ; he actually went away in iA ct 2, in the 
midst of a much-admired piece of dialogue, in which Justice out- 
quibbled Satan. He walked through many streets, but could 
not find her he sought. At last, fairly worn out, he went to a 
hostelry and slept till dayln-eak. All that day, heavy and heart- 
sick, he sought her, but could never fall in with her or her 
father, nor ever obtain the slightest clue. Then he felt she was 
false or had chanjt-ed her mind. He was irritated now, as well 
as sad. More good fortune fell on him ; he almost hated it. 
At last, on the third day, after he had once more been through 
every street, he said, " She is not in the town, and I shall never 
see her again. I will go home." He started for Tergou with 
royal favour promised, with fifteen golden angels in his purse, a 
golden medal on his bosom, and a heart like a lump of lead. 



THE CLOISTER AND THE 



HEARTH 



CHAPTER t\- 

mie Cripple.) iauKhC m^ l™T l':^"™"'- .*-"'"""^ '"■'' h" 

«'o.,e in the si..^ ^Utth '':,1 ■'","'7,= ";'" *^"" "- 
dwarf included. ' ' "'" »'"-lch, funiiture and 

Thlfcl^rlf'll^re ■ "rnt^l^rinr 'r'""l •""■ '-"-« people 
iberty, banking, Je" ,?' '"" "^^.T'^™ '^I"'). ""-p^tC; 
We, they invented clean fe,,%„'^t'/-^ " ' J'™'^ before my 
■n velvet jerkins and ch cS-torf I^ ."'^ *^«"^'' S™"/ 
rushes, fonl receptacle of b^nel rie^ ' "'"•''' """" "f ^'"'e 
Jog^. eggs, and 'ill abomiS ST""? ™.''""^' ^P"""- 
Tergou was fl™,red with Dutch tt^ ''°'"".\f«'>« "wm at 
eonsUntly washed, that /ou ±id ' A '"«. ^'Sl-'j' Kl«^«i and 
one large window ; the croCstofe 1 ."": "'e™- There was 
very massive, and stocnl in relie/loTk, ' T, ""^ '^"'"^ of it «as 
the inmates, and was eyed as Sf ',',''e.»'> «<^'"«1 cross to 
panes were very small and ln,l^, X. ,""■"" ''evotions. The 
fnother wiU. scrips of l^fd'X'-'tkeT''' ""'' ^'''''"^ '° ""- 
in our rural cottiges. IV < iV- J ' T^ "^e to this day 
but the am-chairf who e ba'k ' Vrhl"''" ",'«■ P™""-' »" 
was so high that the sitter's Si "J "«^^'"'K'es ""h its seat, 
top This chair was „f oak n ''T' '*° 'e«-t short of the 

was a copper pail, that w^,t i . T'"''' "' ""■ »''™nit- There 
and a htSrhrd-bl^mtollH.kle «%"""'-.''"'".''"« ■">'> "«'«" 
narrow, but massive oak table and a d."^. "''.''• "'"' " '°"g 
by his teeth, his eyes glarni ullw 1 ""'^'"^ '" "» ^m 
a pouncing vampire! Natur^ *u „„, , "'"'''' '" ""■ «!' like 
aies a dwarf „!;t of J- "";,„tr . '^™'' '"'' '"" "'^^e 
an,I o,«, with her usual ci^'Z/ :'''^ ™'«tructed a head 
was distracted, ,md she left tl^ V ' t ,^ t ""■" '" ""^ntion 
a human wedge, a„ invert«l cone V""' L "'^ "■""" "-^ 
taken her to task in the terms ofXace ""«"" J"'*'>' '"«ve 

'"""'"' ■■ """^"t^ n«9 cur „rcou. eri, f 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

this very ilisproportion enabled him tci do feats that would have 
baffled Milo. Hi? brawny anns had no weight to draw after 
them ; so he could jjo up a vertical pole like a squirrel, and 
hang for liours from a bough by one liaiul like a cherrj- by its 
stalk. If he could have made a vacuum with his hands, as the 
iiiard is said to do with its feet, he would have gone along a 
ceiling. Now, this pocket-atlilete was insanely fond of griping 
the dinner-Uble with both hands, and so swinging ; and then- 
climax of delight 1 he would seise it with his teeth, and, taking 
off his hands, hold on like grim death by his huge ivories. 

But all our joys, however elevating, sufler interruption. Little 
Kate caught Sampsonet in this posture, and stoc aghast. She 
was her mother's daughter, and her heart was with the furni- 
ture, not with the 1 2mo gymnast. 

"Oh, Giles! how can you > Mother is at hand. It dents the 
able." 

"Go and tell her, little tale-bearer, snarled Odes. "You 
are the one for making mischief." 

" Am I ? " inquired Kate calmly ; " that is news to me." 
"The biggest in Tergou," growled Giles, fastening on again. 
" Oh, indeed ! " said Kate drily. 

This peace of unwonted saUre launcheil, and Giles not visibly 
blasted, she sat down quietly and cried. 

Her mother came in almost at that moment, and Giles huried 
himself under the table, and there glared. 

" \Vliat is to do now ? " said the dame sharply. Then turning 
her experienced eyes from Kate to Giles, and observing the 
position he had taken up, and a sheepish expression, she hinted 
at cuffing of ears. . , , . 

"Nay, mother," said the girl; "it was but a foolish word 
Giles spoke. I had not noticed it at another time ; but I was 
tired and in care for Gerard, you know." 

" Let no one be in care for me," said a faint voice at the door, 
and in tottered Gerard, pale, dusty, and worn out ; and amidst 
uplifted hands and cries of delight, curiosity, and anxiety 
mingled, dropped exhausted into the nearest chair. 

Beating Rotterdam, hke a -• . jrt, for Margaret, and the long 
joumev afterwards, had fairlv knocked Gerard up. But elastic 
vouth 'soon revived, and behold him the centre of an eager 
circle. First of all thev must hear about the prizes. Then 
Gerard told them he had' been admitted to see the competitors' 
works, all laid out in an enormous hall before the judges pro- 
nounced. " Oh, mother ! oh, Kate ! when I saw the goldsmiths' 
work, I had liked to have fallen on the floor. I thought not all 
the goldsmiths on earth had so much gold, silver, jewels, and 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 
^ rf design .„d fr.e.„„. But, in «o.h. .11 ,he .rt. .„ 

quL'etfrr.fc c'HcIr^l '' """'"^ '^ "■- "■' «"■ 
«d other woTdk eccl«^:7,- ^"/hP^"',','"'""',™'"*'. 

The others laughed her to seom. 

e'r.^r rver.rsiin'e^"^; - Zt '" «^^ 

risked the two c^wi, up„„"^r'Ge'rrd'!'L'r''' " ""' """ 

Kate; he is my «,„%„t .rs.'"!! Ge'u'T:;:; l'T^, ^^ 

not loved you as vou deserved " my uoy . i nave 

Then Gerard threw himself on his knees beside her, and she 




THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

flung her Hrms ruund him and wept tor joy and pride upon hii 
neck. 

"Good Ud ! ffood lad I" cried the hoHier, with some emotion. 
"I must KO and tell the neighbours. Lend me the medal, 
Gerard; I'll show it mv good mend Peter Buyskens ; he is ever 
regaling me with how his son Jnrian won the tin mug a shooting 
at the butts." 

" Ay, do, my man ; and show Peter Buyskens one of the 
angels. Tell him there are fourteen more where that came 
from. Mind you bring it me back ' " 

"Stay H minute, father; there is better news behind," said 
Gerard, flushing with joy at the joy he caused. 

" Better ! better than this ! '* 

Then Gerard told his interview with the Countess, and the 
house rang with joy. 

"Now, God bless the good lady, and bltss the dame Van 
Eyck ! A beneiice ? our son ! My cares are at an end. Eli, 
my good friend and master, now we two can die happy when- 
ever our time comes. This dear boy will take our place, ami 
none of these loved ones will want a home or a friend." 

From that hour Gerard was looked upon as the stay of the 
family. He was a son apart, but in another sense. He was 
always in the right, and nothing too good for him. Cornells 
and Sybrandt became more and more jealous of him, and longed 
for the day he should go to his benefice : they would get rid of 
the favourite, and his reverence's purse would be open to thenu 
With these views he co-operated. The wound love had given 
him throbbed duller and duller. His success and the affection 
and admiration of his parents made him think more highly 
of himself, and resent with more spirit Margaret's ingratitude 
and discourtesy. For all tliat, she had power to cool him towards 
the rest of her sex, and now for every reason he wished to be 
ordained priest as soon as he could pass the intermediate orders. 
He knew the Vulgate already better than most of the clergy, 
and studied the rubric and the dogmas of the Church with his 
friends the monks ; and, the first time the bishop came that way, 
he applied to be admitted "exorcist," the third step in holy 
orders. The bishop questioned him, and ordained him at once. 
He had to kneel, and, afler a short prayer, the bishop delivered 
to him a little MS. full of exorcisms,' and said : " Take this, 
Gerard, and have power to lay hands on the possessed, whether 
baptized or catechumens ! " and he took it reverently, and went 
home invested by the Church with power to cast out demons. 

Returning home from the church, he was met by little Kate 
on her crutches. 

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^^^ ^rHE CLOISTER ^ND THE HEAHTH 

you? ihe b™.«„nr«!:t^'!;it/,r """' -"«"-" •'""««.!...,, 

K.te, .have ^eth.^-'Srh' . ^^ ' «°= ■"" " «^" "»= "ot 

"Nothing?" 
•■ Kite, ril go." 



CHAPTER V 

pen, U J:J S»r """ -"'" h"" J".t pu.h«d the 

" wterillXL"^"'-; "- '» " y-. work •- 
»w«t goes to that. I tro^"" ""''"'"^ P-^hment labour? Littfc 

there s my liinf.- '""""'^' ''weat or no sweat Beaidea 

"Your time? Whv ^h.t ■ ,. ' 

Jj^'nty?" Then fixing his eye" kee„V'° ^°''' *' '*"-«'. 

"1 know no Peter Brandt." 

r,-|<'9?Xi::;tra^tT^r-^^^^^ 

toe ™Jd^ Rotin'i: " '^'^ ' -t «„d you at her eihow «. 

Ah .' " 

■' ^ ' And you were «ea a^Sevenbergen but fother day." 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

'• Ay ; and at Peter's house." 

" At Scvenbergen ? " 

" Ay, at Sevcnbergen." 

Vow, this was what in modern days is called a draw. It 
was a guess, put boldly forth as fact, to elicit by the young 
nun's answer whether he had been there lately or not. 

The result of the artifice surprised the cratly one. Gerard 
started up in a strange state of nervous excitement. 

" Burgomaster," said he, with trembling voice, " I have not 
been at Sevenbergen these three years, and I know not the 
name of those you saw me with, nor where they dwelt ; but, as 
my time is precious, though you value it not, give you good 
day." And he darted out with his eyes sparkling. 

Ghysbrecht started up in iiuge ire ; but he sank into his chair 
again. 

" He fears me not. He knows something, if not h11." 

Then he called hastily to his trusty servant, and almost 
dragged him to a window. 

"See you yon man?" he cried. "Haste! Follow him! 
But let him not see you. He is voung, but old in craft. Keep 
him in sight all day. Let me know whither he goes, and what 
he does." 

It was night when the servant returned. 

"Well? well?" cried Van Swieten eagerly. 

" Master, the young man went from you to Sevenbei^en." 

Ghysbrecht groaned. 

" To the house of Peter the Magician." 



CHAPTER VI 

"Look into your own heart and write!" said Herr Cant; and 
earth's cuckoos echoed the cry. Look into the Rhine where it 
is deepest, and the Thames where it is thickest, and paint the 
bottom. Lower a bucket into a well of self-deception, and what 
comes up must be immortal truth, mustn't it? No'*, in the 
first place, no son of Adam ever reads his own heart at all, except 
by the habit acquired, and the light gained, from some years' 
perusal of other hearts; and even then, with his acquired saga- 
city and reflected light, he can but spell and decipher his own 
heart, not read it fluently. Half way to Sevenbergen Gerard 
looked into his own heart, and asked it why he was going to 
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THE CLOISTER AND THK HEARTH 

to .how h?r it'h.* no bXn^o, , h T "'"J "^ J'""" »•' •'"* 
content with our h™™„ „" ™' t ■?' ""'' """ ""^ "« S"'" 
want her nor .nv JhTliM^Zr " " '"''"''?«"'• '■"» <lon'l 

l"ned on a long Iww .nH*. i!l. r*"!'' "'"' " «'«l«"rt flmre 
"countable p^5 .T th^ .i i^"'/".,'""- ^'"'"J fe't "-^^ 
turned out ^1* fL fifty* ' "of '""• ""JT""' "■« "^n 

"dmirable force and ;kilV A^„,h °"' " "■* ■""" ""h 
«t«>d before them. Marraret W H """."'? '"'' "" Jo-th 
•nd uttered a faint en ^J^^li"P ""<< '''"md h" work, 
the.e sign, „f ™otS'w"^ri^,t''=. '"f "l" ""^ '""»■ B"' 
fcr more chili and indiffiTrnt 7k ^ <i"«mi»8ed, and .he turned 
betrayed this agiuuia ^ »he would if ,he had not 

y^h^'i woLdeT?-' ""'" «^""'" »•"•' on earth bring, 

yc:U|d&trai.rr;or^.rer'. '''°''«''' ' -"'" ^- 

My father is well. He »iP K i, 
;;Then I ™ay a.s well ," vTni h^ ^res""""- 

myfatherhe«|s.'S:^dt'hL"""'P *"'" """"'«• «"'' ^i 
"And not ofyours>" 
;; My father's friends are mine." 

w.it't' l'":'i"i;lien'*nX":;'it: • '-'"" '" p™-'- - 

turned. Cruel Margaret 1 you Utile 1,"°'""^""^, '»'^'""'» 
the town for you; how fo Ct of vou nZh!""" ' '^"'^''^ 
tome." "'" "'-you nothing was pleasant 

laid for you, sirfat my cousin's ITh *• , J^^'^ ' ''«' « ^^ 

f you, and, wh , knowsT 'Ihf h ""I!''' '"""' '""'e much 

was in the humour Vat^ ^^ullf nT' f/""'""- 

^taTL."'"" '«•'"' -"»" yor-nor'iny-Ug'-nr.i? 

but ,tur;''n'„rth:re'^'' '"' '"""'™' ">= Countess let me go; 

tablfi'^^eTftUfmr blr^u'^n ''"" """^ ^'o*™- " -»" 

tumbwlT'' "■"'• '"^ °"'y « •'■■''"'«'• -an, that had juat 

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THF, CLOISTEK AND THE HEARTH 

" At our lAblc ? How w»s he cUd ? " 
" Nay, I t«ik little herd : in u<l-«>1iMiml )i>rb. " 
At IhM Mar^mrefn face (fradunlly warmed; hot preiently, 
awnimlnK incredulity and »everily, ihe put many shrewd cju«»- 
lion«, •ll of which (ierird sniwered mmt loyally. Finally, the 
clouds cleared, and they guessed how the mlsundentiindin); had 
come about. Then came a revulsion of tenderness, all the more 
powerful that they had done each other wrong ; and then, mor ; 
dangerous still, came mutual confessioni. Neither had been 
happy since ; neither ever would have been happy but for this 
fortunate meeting. 

And Gerard found a MS. Vulgate lying open on the table, and 
pounced upon it like a hawk. MSS. were hit. delight ; but 
before he could get to it two white hands quickly came flat upon 
the page, and a red face over them. 

" Nay, take away your hands, Margaret, that 1 nuy see where 
you are reading, and I will read there too at home ; so shall my 
soul meet yours in the sacred page. You will not ? Nay, then 
I must kiss them away." And he kissed them so often, that for 
very shame they were tain to withdraw, and, lo ! the sacred book 
lay open at 

** Ad apple of gold in a network of silver." 

"There, now," said she, " I had been hunting for it ever so 
long, and found it but even now — and to be caught ! " and with 
a touch of inconsistency she pointed it out to Gerard with her 
white linger. ^^ 

" Ay," said he, " but tiwlay it is all hidden in that great cap. 

" It is a comely cap, I'm told by some. ' 

" Maybe: but what it hides is beautiful." 

" It ii not : it is hideous." 

" Well, it was beautiful at Rott ini." 

" Ay, everything was beautiful x day " (with a little sigh). 

And now Peter came in, and i .comcd Gerard cordially, and 
would have him to sUy suppe.. And Margaret disappeared; 
and Gerald had a nice learned chat with Peter ; and Margaret 
reappeared with her hair in her silver net, and shot a glance 
half arch, half coy, and glided about them, and spread supper, 
and beamed bright with gaiety and happiness. And in the cool 
evening Gerard coaxed her out, and she objected, and came : 
and coaxed her on to the road to Tergou, and she declined, and 
came ; and there they strolled up and down, hand in hand ; and 
when he must go, they pledged each other never to quarrel or 
misunderstand one another again ; and they sealed the promise 
with a long loving kiss, and Gerard went home on wings. 
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THE CI/)ISTER AND THK HEARIH 
And then— 



CHAPTKR VII 

Om bright morning unwonted velvet sh.nie. unwonted fe.ther. 

w<Srin^ Ices Thf^n h ^'™™I' *'■" '"""'■' *'"• 
.o^rt'JSttVh^uHnTfc^r"""""''" *•"" "•""'"■""Kh 

awe i™~J tk.'^ . . ' *'"■ ""'' »"""• when respect and 

£ bvt^r ""*'v '^'' "'""^ ti^xtT'tuirThe-Hd^eT; 
hu„t^;p:rjirt!^^,';,:v;tr.t^^^^^^^^ **^t= tZT' 

" Gremercy ! " 
1" « night. Served h,m ripht for molesting the ,»«,, thing." 



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THK ( LOISTEU AND THK HEARTH 

riicrr wan ■ inunnur nf frar. hihI the TergnvlaiiN ihrmik from 
tickling the leopiinl of their HOVFrrlKit. 

But an intidciit followed that nlied their kntritu luain, The 
Duke'n fflant, h fluiigarian iieven feet four liicnei hl|(n, brousht 
up the rear. This enormous creature had. like Mnne other 
f(tantn, a treble, Huty voice of little power. He wai a vain 
fellow, and not conicious uf thU nor any defect. Now it 
happened he caught light of Giles sitting on the top of the 
balcony ; so he stopped and began to make fun uf him. 

"Hallo! brother!" squeakeil he, ** I had nearly paiMcd with- 
out seeing thee." 

" You are plain enough tu see/' Iwllowed OilcH in his ban 
tones. 

"Come on my si.uulder, brother," Kjueaked Titan, and h«ld 
out a shoulder of mutton fist to help him down. 

"in do I'll culTyour ears," roared the dwarf. 

r*i? j^iaiii saw the homuncule was iraicihte, and played upon 
him, being encouraged thereto by the «liuuti of laughter, ror 
he did not see that the people were laughing not at nil wit, but 
at the ridiculous incongruity uf the two voices — the gigantic 
feeble fife, and the petty deep, loud drum, the mountain de- 
livered of a squeak, and the mole-hill belching thunder. 

The singular duet came to an singular an end. Giles lost all 
patience and self-command, and being a creature devoid of fear, 
and in a rage to boot, he actually dropped upon the giant's 
neck, seised his hair with one hand, and punched his head with 
the other. The giant'tt first impuUe wait to laugh, but the 
weight and rapidity of the blows noon corrected that inclination. 

" He ! he I Ah ! ha ! hallu ! oh ! oh ! Holy uunU ! here ! 
help ! or I must thruttle the imp. I can't ! I'll split your 

skull against the " and he made a wild run bockwardi at the 

balcony. Giles saw his danger, seised the balcony in time with 
both hands, and whipped over it just as the giant's head came 
against It with a stunning crack. The people roared with 
laughter and exuHation at the address of their little champion. 
The indignant giant seized two of the laughers, knocked them 
together like dumb-btlls, shook them and strewed them flat 
(Catherine shrieked and threw her apron over Giles), then strode 
wrathfully away uflcr the party. This incident hod consequences 
no one then present foresaw. Its immediate results were agree- 
able. The Tergovians turned proud of Giles, and listened with 
more aflkbility to his prayers for parchment. For he drove a 
regular trade with his brother Gerard in this article. Went 
about and begged it gratis, and Gerard gave him coppers 
for it 

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THE CLOISTEB ANU THK HEAHTH 

(toodnc, hi. b,„,«c. ^ k-^lf favourite thcnit, Ger»nl. hi, 

••.fore JO., mother S™V N^ etT. f ""' t*'-. ' '"'P '° «" 
»f pain, mother, ,,„lte out of .11 , ' "i! 5*^ '"^'J'- ' ""• o"' 
■nri feel „ briJh „d hTl"" fj^! ' " T* Mem m .trange : 
secret ? " " " "PPJ'' "i"'— mother, uii you keep . 

«w theSke, I trot rr,r'=''','"'' "" *"■"'"■"'• '^'»' ««' 
he n,e«m to'su^n". u?wfth?t™h """" "'"" '"■•"'= '•" ""« 
time, he crxiesTt ,*ay .U^.^! " """" " "'' »"■ ""'' ""- 

n.o^e^^J'ntr.ltediTe rflrf ^'Z'' '*''^' '-""« <■" 
picture of the \iririi, ,v»r„M hJ '■ ""'',*'""',™ » lovely 
I'er shoulder,. OnCrinTtii^'' *"'^? "''"■«' 'oo« o,„ 

"It 1. her»elf,"'l eTii^'r/t'uTe'o''' "'"'AT 
never ,,w one like her to mj mii'dtfo^.?"*^"' "' """"^ ' 

.her;,lS LYTo 71":/^,'° "" ."">;' ^ ■' "--^ '*'""«'^'' 

of burning gold." '''^■'"'"' And her beautiful hair 

.i^i^t^^ lt'':Zi'r^" "■" "" """« ""= •^f "ve 

to<;'g^"i for;hi.r;'r,d': iri^zTii "'t"' r"-"- «= ^ 

then to go .way aud be Wuh "S.erfo^'e^r"' "" "'"""' ""' 

i-tny hid the i.z.V'L^'zi iCgrth^t ;;v^2 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

And the next moment in came, casting his eyes furtively around, 
A man that had not entered the house this ten years — Ghys- 
hrccht Van Swieten. 

The two women were so taken hy surprise, that they merely 
stared at him and at one another, Hiid said " The burgomaster ! " 
in a tone w» fxpressive, that Ghysbiecht felt compelled to 
answer it. 

" Yes ! I own the last time I came here was not on a friendly 
errand. Men love their own interest^ Eli's and mine were 
contrary. Well, let this visit atone the last. To-day 1 come on 
your business, and none of mine." Catherine and her daughter 
exch»nged a swift glance of contemptuous incredulity- They 
knew the man better than he thought. 

" It is about yotir son (ierard." 

" Ay ! Jiy • you want him to work for the town all for nothing. 
He told us." 

" I come on no such errand. It is to let you know he has 
fallen into bad hands." 

" Now Heaven and the saints forbid ! Man, torture not a 
mother ! Speak out, and quickly : speak ere you have time to 
coin falsehood : we know thee." 

Ghysbrecht turned pale at this affront, and spite mingled with 
the other motives that brought him here. " Thus it is, then," 
said he, grinding his teeth and speaking very fast. *' Your son 
(lerard is more like to be father of a family than a priest : he is 
for ever writh Margaret, Peter Brandt's red-haired girl, and loves 
her like a cow her calf." 

Mother and daughter both burst out laughing. Ghysbrecht 
stared at them. 

" What ! you knew it ? " 

"Carry this tale to those who know not my son (lerard. 
Women are nought to him." 

" Other women, mayhap. But this one is the apple of his 
eye to him, or will be, if you part them not, and soon. Come, 
dame, make me not waste time and friendly counsel : my ser- 
vant has seen them together a score times, handed, and reading 
babies in ore another's eyes like — you know, dame — you have 
been yctiiig too." 

" Girl, I am ill at ease. Yea, I have been young, and know 
how blind and foolish the young are. My her.rt ! he has turned 
me sick in a moment. Kate, if it should be true f " 

" Nay, n9y \ " cried Kate eagerly. " Gerard might love a 

young woman : all young men do : I can't find what they see in 

them to love so ; but if he did, he would let us know ; he would 

not deceive us. You wicked man I No, dear mother, look not 

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»! Gerud is too good to love ■ creature of earth Hi. lov, 

u if on » nhm. f T . ""y ''^P' '"fning. face «nd all, 
wo^en ^Z picTure. "' ""''"" '" *"' ""»>■". -■» «- the 
"Why, it i, herself," he gMped. 

thoroughly L^ieT'-^v'*';; ""■■ Ghysbrecht V.„ S«iete„, 

W.^r^,l;Veir:lX:^,'';s'n^te'.:r™^ "•- -■ 

; Oh bhnd ! It is the Queen of Heaven.' 

No, only of Sevenbergen village." 
„ ^"•t "«" l>ehold Tier croTO ! " 

hear you all aeros^ thet reet VV^Lr" 1""^^ ^^^ ™ 
^^X-L:^^}" -V"\^^ - b„.. 

" What ! is she a witch too ? " 

fa^iS'^y'TheX,:"'' •■•^'"- '" -P'y = -n-i hi^ eye seemed 
" Who i. it .' ■• repeated Ghysbrecht impetuously. 



THE CLOlaTER AND THE HEARTH 



Peter Buyakens jnuled. "Why, you know as 



' well as I do; 
never saw her 



but what have they put a crown" in her for? I 
in a crown, for my part." 

. Jiilfi," '^'™ •' ?^"' '■"" °P™ y""' ««"* i'*'. ""J j""t 'peak 
a wMch . name plain out to oblige three people > " 

bur™m^»„* *^f"'. f'?J """* '","''"«* ""•= "f yo" "»n that, 
burgomaster. If it ian t as natural as life I" 

«S?" *''if .T" ' ■;= *°"'t' he won't-curse him ! " 
"Why, what have I done now?" 

the features of a hvmg woman, of- of— Margaret Brandt ? " 
A mirror is not truer, my little maid." 
" But is it she, sir, for very certain ? " 
" Why, who else should it be ? " 

." ?^J """^ """"H'' y™ "y »«'"'«? •• «narled Ghysbrecht. 
I did say so, as plam as I could speak," snapped Peter; and 

S^rtCil? °T ""' "T^ '»"« of contentioTso aealously, 
that they did not see Catherine md her daughter had thro,,^^ 
Uieir apron, over their he«ls, and were rocktog to andXl^ 

Sew^r'footrp': '^"'""' *-'«'' "" '•« -« «'-"=d' 

Bu;Ko7lCenoT;h:tu'^^- •"r«"'>'"--<^««'»'«ter 

£lias turned pale. The presence of the burgomaster in his 

house, after so many years of coolness, coupled with his wife's 

"""ttl-altrhe'^U"" '"' ""^ •>"'^"^'--- 
n„h^^'i."°r'',i'''''i'!'' burgomaster; "it is nearer home, uid 
nobody is dead or dying, old friend." 

™." h^ f^l r"' •'"Somaster ! Ah ! something has gone off 
matter?" "'" *" "''"'"= ""■ *'»"%'»'''' the 

Ghysbrecht then told him all that he told the women, and 
showed the picture in evidence. 

"Is that all >■■ said Eli, profoundly relieved. " What are ve 
roanng and bellowing for.' It is vexing-it is angering, but it 
« not like death, nor even sickness. Boys will bt boys. He 
will outgrow that disease : 'tis but skin deep." 

«^iZ I ^'"y;'"*'''" '"''' h™ that Margaret was a girl of 
good character ; that it was not to be supposed she would be so 

brow Afr^en°T"*° ""' ***" ''"'"" °' •***"" """"' ''" 

"Marriage ! that shall never be," said he sternly. " I'U .stay 

that; ay, by force, if need be-as I would his hand Ufted to 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

, -'. '''dowh..o,ajoh„Ko..tei,.didf„th„ 

And what is lh»t ir. u 
»dde„ly ^emov,„XTp ";"""■•■"-'■■ "ked the mother, 
"H^^ ''"«»ra«ter who repUed • 

stomach. ' Tell m„ eli. . '"™° ""d water. cool.-H hi.\rl 
•and let me tat Zt„"on'ee™ "'^ ""k"""" "n-^v'i^ ^« 
*ench in ifc, ^„»^, fil" "-ee more-the .„„ is w„rth"Il the 

■■f^'L^ZTiZ 1"'" •"■,^«''«' Catherine. 
And if. fathe TJ T ' '""'' "° '''">''^'- " '» the ..-, 

,t"- A fine \^], iz'STtt'Jr^,"^ ™^.^»' ^' "-:; 

h.s own «,„..• "'" 6e If « father might not loek up 

VVeil, well' it „„„■. *^ 

Hen d,.,,^w™ come to that with n,e and my son. 

Alas ! 1 know not, father " ' ""'" ' 

1 know,' said Ghysbreoht- .<t ■ 
servant met him on the rwd " '" " S^^enbergen. My 

sent all to bed, except Catherine ^'" "'e father 

yon and lwi„.a,k.b.ad; Wife, and Ulk over this new 
:^nZp^L-X;^Whither.. 
un no no hastv wn.^. <^i.* 
vei^^you before. '^ """''■ '^"'"- ^oor Gen>ri ! he never 

'~^£'"f»™™with"t^lyTw'ork^^ ""' ' "■" ""' °« "»t 
appear °„ ao^e oTty'tlld'e™ Th'™"'' Z"' »'""«« as it mav 

t-i^dtr^- «- -«Htr™imr&. :i:,r\t ;s £- 

Cath'e'HneTftT '^''" '"'" *' """''^ " 'ate, my man,- ^ 
™..4; TwtS::?).'"'"^ "■"" - "»" -e ag.i„_<„ h, „„,, 
" Not smce our courtmg day., Eli." 

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" No. Ay, you were a buxom Imi then." 

" And you were a comely lad, as ever a girl's eye stole a look 
at. I do Huppose frerard is with her now, as you used to be 
with me. Nature •» stronf^, and the same in all our genera- 
tions." 

" Nay, I hope he has left her by now, confound her, or we 
shall be here all night." 

" Eli ! " 

"Well, Kate?" 

" 1 have been happy with you, sweetheart, for all our rubs — 
much happier, I trow, than if I had — been — a — a— nun. You 
won't speak harshly to the poor child ? One can be firm with- 
out being harsh." 

'■ Surely." 

" Have you been happy with me, my poor EJi ? " 

" Why, you !>.l1ow I have. Friends I have known, but none 
like thee, f^uss me, wife ! " 

" A heart to share joy uiul grief with is a great comfort to 
umii or woman. Isn't it, Kli ? " 

" It is so, my lass. 

' It doth joy doable, 
And halreth troable,* 

runs the byword. And so I have found it, sweetheart Ah ! 
here eoraes the young fool." 

Catherine trembled, and held her husband's hand tight. The 
moon was bright, but they were in the shadow of some trees, 
and their son did not see them. He came singing in the moon- 
light, and his face shining. 



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CHAPTER Vin 

While the burgomaster was exposing Gerard at Tergou, 
Mai^aret had a trouble of her own at Sevenbergeu. It was a 
housewife's distress, but deeper than we can well conceive. 
She came to Martin V\'ittenhaagen, the old soldier, with tears 
in her eyes. 

" Martin, there's nothing in the house, and Gerard is coming, 
and he is so thoughtless. He forgets to sup at home. When 
he gives over work, then he runs to me straight, poor soul ; and 
often he comes quite faint And to think I have nothing to set 
before my servant that loves me so dear." 

Martin scratched his head. " What can I do ? " 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

ColL'o,,'!";rfZi'.v'-'" *™"' ''"^ "• '''""'-'""th to „y, , 

or'Kerj.\',t%fthe"'chl""'' T,'^' "'>"• ">e Duke 

And he took out of hu ° T' '""' f""^' ' "^ ■>" »choW " 

It purported to J. ,'""5'' » P*"^""""' *ith a grand m j. 

DukerBurgundy t„'M.^™Lr' I """« 8<ven*^PlS'^ 

in return for services in ,h W'"™h««="' "^ of his archen 

the Duke-s sid^ The stiwndT' V^ ^'" t """"'' ™«ivedS 

hy the Duke's almoner StC I """"'" ^^"'y- '»>« J»« 

arrows onee a week v,z ™ n^ Z'"""'' ""^ '<> "h«>t tfcw 

of the Duke's fo,«t's'n H^i?^'i"t^' ""' "° ""'" -hiy. in ^y 

old buck or a X ^JT "^.' "* ""^ f"™" hut a se»en-y«r 

should not be hun*i„' TJ'Tk "T ' •'~"""' «'»' 'he dX 

In this case Marti" ^l""*t ''''^' ,°"', ""'^ "' I"" '^.X 

peril of his salary a ill°^h°2l ^ "? ""'''' ""^ *"«*» ™ 

Margaret sighed ^,.1 w ','",';r'' " "^^ "' " '"""y' 

n-y S^M We-'dot'Sfr^^^ "'-r- "^^ '■" Pe-^i 
your foreflnger. It i.! ' 1**"^.^"^ * ""« tl«t was not worth 

into the ski^^s of thrfrsfhrr?" V'J"'-"- '" ""I^^P 

^wd? 'irr ri' "'" ^^•>^^%-^^.-""^ ""' '"^^ "'*"' ' 

and not 'to be sU? fS?" &rf Vrn"""* """-ot to g„ f„, 
.11 should come to you, faitM,"M^"^ went supperless than 

.™w:.3'^„,r™i;L„'J-. ,^«;^n '^J^-i^ how .,d three 
lurlong distant. The h„„^ '"'o the wood: it was seaiee a 

and alf the game JiH^t? "com'^l '"'"i'/ i? '"^ *^<^-' 
»oon fill the pot, .„,! „„ „_, , J^""^' thought Martin, •■ I shall 

behind a thic^ U tC ™ m^a^tdT^ "r' '°°'' "''^ «'*"'' 

and strung his bow « tr„i„ f^ ?."^* "^ »" "Pen glade 

English yL. six fe^t two inc^heT' k'"' . "f""- " was of 

•nd MarUn, bn>.d-chest™ wUh I™"'"',,""'' ""''*' *" P"portio„ 

to the bow tVom infanc7,™JldT/" r' "f «'«''"«' u»«i 

head, and, when it flew the evil. "'"^'■-f"ot arrow to the 

bowstring twanged as m„ta?:,Th«rV""r "v™* ''■■' 

many a stout soldier low in the wa.^ of ,h J , """ "^ '»'<' 

J«wi In those day, a battlefiel? -^ 'he Hoeoks and Cabbel- 

the eombat«,ta were fe«t but the Tatr' " "'"'"'. "^ "»'>''«: 

what they were about; and fewer hlt^? "»"y-*or they «iw 

bloodless bullets now A ban- Itl '''°«"«" »™W8 flew than 

and her ears made a canital^ ^'^ ottering, then sat sprightly, 

weapon at her. The a13^w fle„ t""^" 'T""" "^ *«»e"dous 

b«. been i„ . bur^ .„ ^ ,^^1^ reX^^eK 



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ftrrow seemed to hit her, but it struck the ground clow to her, 
and pissed under her belly like a flash, and hissed along the 
short grass and disappeared. She jumped three feet perpen- 
dicular and away at the top of her speed. " Bungler ! " said 
Martin. A sure proof he was not an habitual bungler, or he 
would have blamed the hare. He had scarcely fitted another 
arrow to his string when a wood-pigeon settled on the very tree 
he stood under. "Aha!" thought he, "vou are small, but 
dainty." This time he took more pains ; drew his arrow care- 
iully, loosed it smoothly, and saw it, to all appearance, f^o clean 
through the bird, carrying feathers skyward like duHt. Instead 
of falling at his feet, the bird, whose breast was torn, not fairly 
pierced, fluttered feebly away, and, by a great elTort, rose above 
the trees, flew some fifty yards, and fell dead at last ; but where 
he could not see for the thick foliage. 

" Luck is against me," said he tlespondingly. But he fitted 
another arrow, and eyed the glade keenly. Presently he heard 
a bustle l>ehind him, and turned round just in time to see a 
noble buck cross the open, but too late to shoot at him. He 
dashed his bow down with an imprecr.tion. At that moment a 
long spotted animal glideil swiftly across after the deer; its 
belly tteemed to touch the ground as it went. Martin took up 
his bow hastily; he recognised the Uuke's leopard. "The 
hunters will not be far from her," said he, "and I must not be 
seen. Gerard must go supperless this night." 

He plunged into the wood, following the buck and leopard, 
for that was his way home. He had not gone far when he 
heard an unusual sound ahead of him — leaves rustling violently 
and the ground trampled. He hurried in the direction. He 
found the leopard on the buck's back, tearing him with teeth 
and claw and the buck running in a circle and bounding con- 
vulsively, with the blood pouring down his hide. Then Martin 
formed a desperate resolution to have the venison for Margaret. 
He drew his arrow to the head, and buried it in the deer, who, 
sr^ite of the creature on hib l>ack, bounded high into the air, 
and fell dead. The leopard went on tearing him as if nothing 
had happened. 

Martin hoped that the creature would gorge itself with blood, 
and then let him take the meat. He waited some minutes, 
tlien walked resolutely up, and Uid his band on the buck's leg. 
The leopard gave a ftightful growl, and left off sucking blood. 
She saw Martin's game, and was sulky and on her guard. What 
was to be done ? Martin had heard that wild creatures cannot 
stand the human eye. Accordingly, he stood erect, and fixed 
his on the leopard : the leopard returned a savage glance, and 
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by the throat, beforeZr f.,!! m """ (""f """• '" ""'h her 
claw, seized his sh^ulde V .,,5 "-u Id crush hi, face; one of her 
cheek, wopid have £ ' ?'' f "i"' ""> ""•"• "imcd at hi, 
fwhioded, «,d wore „„"harbT,t "^'^ ',""' ''f •^'"'^'" ««» »'<1- 
hi, jerkin, and thi, ^° TJ"".' V^fr''^,'''^ ""' «»""' »'"«■" 
a hood ; the brute, el^,re7„^t.''"' th""",*'" T" l"" ■«"«> '""• 
kept her teeth off hi, f„ee™"f," '" l*'ll°T '™"'"- M""-"" 

throat fiereely, a I e ke„r enrrS,'''"l''"r'.""' «^I'^'' ^er 

blunt reapinit-hook, ^„ ii"^ «■■" >n« hi, shoulder. It wa, like 
full but,r„,K\.^^,f'7,"-'^,'«rinK. The pain wa, f'ar! 
««i he Kna,hed hi' t^eth with r^l'' T''""' " P"* '"« ^o-al „p, 
^quee.ed her neck with iro, LT 1^, '" "'"" "» ■«■"' «'"' 
«t one another-„„d no. thel • '*'',l«i>- of eye, (f^red 

the brutes. She found L , T" ' ,**"■ "'"'""t «s furiou, as 
attempt to free he°elr i^„?','''7''""*r her, and n,ade a wild 
hi, fiJe and blind^hfm J "tl t "f**^" •"' «>*' «" "V" 
fl«h u.d all : but ,tUl hi- Th ott^ I*"!' ''"•: ""' "f h^ »houIder, 
ifon. Pre«,„tly her l„n„ M th » *'th ha.>d and arm o 

'"own. "Ah.!" aJed MaS • VT," '"*'? '" ""• «''- «cnl 
J«th: next, her I^v lo'^VW'^^'y-.""' K^ped her like 
choked M,d powerleTthin^ I <•«> icity, and he held a 

ceased, then 'IJashM Vj^fhe e^aSr^'h" '""' "" "" """""" 
h., eowl: the leopai,! |.vl,!l 't •"',■""'"*• '•™»ed 
protn.di„«andbl«j;%;"?'3„7^^/' '■'•' feet *'"' '""«"'■ 
Martin. " I am a dead man II. ■ • "? '""^ terror fell on 

He hastily seiml afr^ Cdfu , oVf,'""" ""." °"''*''' ''^P'"'" 
her ; then shouWered The buck and T' "■"* ,'^"^ them over 
trail of blowl all the wav-hL *■ '^K'^'^ awy, leaving a 
into l-eter-s house a h^rtVe fi "I" hT'' i""' '"""''■'' "*• '^"t 
«nd flung the deer', ™S^ do™ ' "'''"« ""'' Woo-i-stained, 

for"i?j: to"" ''"'■*™''" ""' "-' " ""t broil me a steak on't ; 

bk^Tas'Illtmled^^ *" ^'"'"''^''^ ^l-* '"-ght the 

She busied herself >(- th. c » 

.tanehed and bound his own won„"' a^n • 1% ^'°"' .«"'*" 
C-ard and Margaret were suBDinrliS;'' ' t^A.T" ^' »<) 



.^ ,u,u uoumi nis owr 



-.- agXCV were SU 

fuin,;^: hTb™„i;hra7jk"f ^[:d''' ""N-^d^Turth-i,.. 

Martin revivcl, and w" th™ hit T; '"''""•'" "» '"«"">« 

they ail n.«le merry over the Txpl^t "'"'""' *" «""• "d 

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THE CLOISTRH AND THE HEARTH 

Their inirtli was Ntranftely intemiptcd. Marjjcaret's eye 
became fixed and fucinated, and her cheek [>ale with fear. 
She gafiped, and could not speak, but pointed to the window 
with trembling finger. Their eyes followed hers, and there In 
the twilight crouched a dark form with eyes like glowworms. 

It was the leopard. 

While they stood petrifietl, fascinated by the eyrn of green 
fire, there sounded in the wood a Kingle deep bay. Martin 
trembled at it. 

" I'hey have lost her, and laid muzsled blood-hounds on her 
ncent ; they will find her here, ami the venison. ( loofl-hye, 
friencK Martin Wittenhaagen ends here." 

( ierard seised his Ihiw, and put it into the soldler'»t hamU. 

" Be a man," he cried ; " nhmtt her, and fling her int<i the worn) 
rre they come up. Who will know ? " 

More voices of hounds broke out, aiul nearer. 

"Curse her I" cried Martin; "I s|>ared her once; now she 
must die, or 1, or both more likely;" and he reare<i his bow, 
and drew his arrow to the head. 

"Nay! nay!" cried Margaret, and seized the arrow. It 
broke in half: the pieces fell on each side the bow. Ilie air at 
the same time filled with the tongue» of the hounds : they were 
hot upon the scent. 

" What have you done, weneli ^ You have put the halter 
round my throat" 

" No ! " cried Margaret. " 1 have saved you : stand back 
from the window, both ! Y'our knife, quick ! " 

She seized his long-pointed knife, almoit tore it out of his 
girdle, and darted firom the room. The hmise was now nur^ 
rounded with baying dogs and shouting men. 

The glowworm eyes uiuved not. 



CHAPTER IX 

Maroahet cut off a huj^e piece of venison, and twi to the 
window and threw it out to the green eyes of fire. They 
darted on it Wit!) n savage snarl; and there was a sound of 
rending and crunching: at this moment, a hound uttered a bay 
BO near and loud it mng through the house ; and the three at 
the window shrank together. Then the 'eopard feared for her 
supper, and glided swiflly and stealti. - way with it towards 
the woods, and the ver}' next moment i s and men and dogs 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

■wift, „„1 would notT .^Lhr!i.!^ '*/''"•• "'• '™P««i wi 
They ««,(«, 'LX V;.S^^."tt.r L"^' "' '^'>"" " 

JAjr, .«M M«,«„e,,.,„h„ ,ho«,he l„v« .„ u, d«ge,; 

littlr 4t,n„ f„„, home „„S«X Z? " ? '"*""•■ *"« 
encountered two fiRures h,r ., J f ,''"«'™ "f »»>ne tree,, he 
U w« hi, feth.-r'^r. ,nl?r ' '""'■■' ""' *•>■ 

A-ehm'fV.iont;::."' '-'-'"-' 

•nd yet of affection """' '^"' « ™''* '"" »f «pro«h 

of blue ^,." "^ ""f"" 'V ■' >wl cheek uid . p,ir 

mS "wen rn'o™?.;''th"i^^; " " -' -"'"^ft: Pete, the 

not nraVwitKerfTk"" But"""' """ ""^ y" «»"• 
no more to Sevenbergen wd' h™ .?i '* ? ''°'"' P™"*" t" 8° 
on you for one fcult.' " "" "''» ^ '«' "O"'' be harel 

'.' '"""«>' promise that, father •" 

„ V I?"?"* ''' J"™ yo""* hj-pocrite ' ■ 

w A;::^- I-i' "£S"£iTacU cou^ .„ ..„ ,„„ 

"lencXkt ™vt:; S"e p ti''"r'^«' "•""' "• ^'--y 

From that hour the mi E * " i"" **»■" Catherine ' 
.boae of peace. "o'ei'j--tt^linerd;;te.t 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

whole fminil}' ; aitd every votce wu loud agalnit him, eicept 
littlr Kate'H ami the dwarfi, who wu iipt to tjike hiw rue front 
her without knowing whv. Ai for ComctU and Sybnuidt, they 
were bitterer thoii their father Cieranl wu dlsmftycd at finding 
iK> many enemies, and looked wiitfullv into hiH little Kister'n 
face : her eyet were brimming at the harsh wordii showered on 
one who but yesterday wu the univerul pet. But she gave 
him no encouragement : she turned her head nway fmm him 
and Miid : 

"Dear, liear Gerard, pray to Heaven to cure you of thit 
folly ! ■' 

"What, arc you against me tour" said Gerard sadly; and 
he rose with a deep sigh, and left the house and went to 
Sevenbergcn. 

The Itcginiiing of n quarrelj where the jwrties arc bound by 
atfectioii though opposed in interest and sentiment, is CfHnpara- 
lively innocent : both are |>crhapK in the right at first <itarting, 
and then it in that a calm, judicious friend, capable of seeing 
both tide?, is a gift from Heaven. For the longer the disienaion 
endures, the wider and deeper it grows by the fallibility and 
irrascibility of human nature; these are not confined to either 
side, and finally the invariable end is reached — Ix/tli in the 
wrong. 

The combatants were unequally matched : Elias wu angry, 
Cornelia and Sybrandt spiteful ; but Gerard, having a larger and 
more cultivated mind, saw both sides where they saw but one, 
and had fits of irresolution, and was not wroth, but unhappy. 
He wu lonely, too, in this struggle. He could open his heart to 
no one. Margaret was a high-sf^rited girl : he dared not tell her 
what he had to endure at home ; she was capable of siding with 
hii relations by resigning him, though it the cost of her own 
happiness. Margaret \'an Eyck had been a great comfort to 
him on another occuion ; but now he dar^d not make her his 
confidant. Her own history was well knov* n. In early life she 
bad many offers of marriage ; but refused them all for the sake of 
that art to which a wife's and mother's duties are so fatal : 
thus she remained single and painted with her brothers. How 
could he tell her that he declined the benefice she had got him, 
and declined it for the sake uf that which at his age she had 
despised and sacrificed so lightly ? 

Gerard at this period bade fair to succumb. But the other 
side had a horrible ally in Catherine, senior. This good-hearted 
but uneducated woman could not, like her daughter, act quietly 
and firmly : still Icfis could she act upon a plan. She irritated 
Gerard at times, and so helped him ; for anger is a great 
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THE CLOISTEK AND THR HEARTH 

poor boy to ™„,"" YmT ir/LlTh ''^'m'"" """''' ""' ''"- ">« 
"four ,ul«l«,.„.- An™«v thlrL f '^" 'T" '"."" f" " *>■•« 

On th»., ^.„ • J^ ™'"' •"" nwyhup never will be " 

«.d tei„'^:^r„r.i„';.7e^' r rih^'f ^" p'^"-"' -p ^-rt. 

But at lut ift„ ™„» .u " <^"»-rine'» unfortunate alUeK 
clin,«x. -l-he frtherTolMh;" ""■I'i" °f '"iUtion. c^e tS^ 
had oriered the bur^,™! . ! T" '*'^" ""= "ho'e '»".% he 
™ther thT let lUmmTr^ m'" ""P'*«^ '"'" '" ">« SUdt/ou« 

"g.r .t thi^iut byrj2^.f :;g!f'heid^'hr' "■"•«' j*'' '^"' 

went on to mv ■■Andy^H,!. ^'i''„'H" P*^' "'• ''■'''«' 
out, nilly.willy " P "' y°" '*"" ■» '«''•« the yeu- 1. 

»d'st.'k™riTwlr'^r':^' , " '^^Z- ■"=" "«• •"• By God 
lives. Since foreeirt" /'-T" ** ' P""' "''ile M«gMet 
fo«e, feth" r Col. K ,7"*! "' ""'' ""^ '"« '">•' duty, try 

too, ,n<l my fathershouV Lh -f^^ forever, and Hollmd 

-i_tbe« yU „;: ?r^yrel"rb:iTr:it''rtot"«;t:t 

Jnd he flun« out of the room white with «,ger .nd d„pe». 

folk^t^"iri"'"a„'''"'""'"- """" «""" of driving vounK 
own flthtd bl.^ Vow" HeS' tV'^^ T " »» K 
>», married or single " " '"''"' '"' ''"'"'d ever leave 

w "'",:^,,rLr*HethfH'Te^'lft.'' •"""-' ?" 

we h«l beentendryrn; sTr"' '" " """"' '""'• " ' ""'«'" 

"JttK'^ti.«t''i:rh"''""''' "•'"-'<"•'-■ 

H^cht Heyn.., pitJCVhr/onft'lo'" ""' *'« " '""'" »^ 
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" Silence, wench ' Why ihould hr tell lu his Kffaira ■> We 
■x« not hiti friend*: we httw iitit denervcU his confidence." 

" AUt! Riy Mcond mother," Mid Gerard, " I did not dare to 
tell you my folly." 

" What folly t U it folly to love ? " 

** 1 Am told lo every day of my life." 

" You need not have Iwvn afraid to tell my mUtrch^ ; rthe ir 
alwayi kind to tnie Invert." 

" Madam — Relcht — I wan al'raid becHUsc I wan told — ■ 

•• Well, you were told .' " 

" That In your youth yuu sctniied love, preferring art." 

" 1 did, boy ; mv\ what In the end of it? Behold me here 
a barren stock, while tht women of my youth have a troop ol' 
children at their Hide, and grandchildren at their knee. I gave 
up the sweet joys of wifehood and mutherhiKKl for what } For 
my dear brothers. I'hey have gone and left me long ago. For 
my art. It has all but left me too. I have the knowledge still, 
but what availeth that when the hand trembles. No, (ierard ; 
1 look on you as my Mon. You are good, you are handsome, 
you are a painter, though not like some I have known. I will 
not let you throw your youth away uii I did mine : you shall 
marry this Margaret. I have inquired, and she is a good 
daughter. Reicht here is a gossip. She has told me all about 
it. But that need not hinder //<>« to tell me." 

Poor Gerard was overjoyed to be permitted to praise 
Mai^puvt aloud, and to one who could understand what he loved 
in her. 

Soon there were two pair of wet eyes over his story ; and 
when the poor boy saw that, there were three. 

Women are creatures brimful of courage. Theirs is not 
exactly the same quality iis munly courage ; that would never 
do, hang il all ; we should have to give up trampling on them. 
No, it is a vicarious courage. They never take part in a bull- 
fight by any chance ; but it is remarked that they sit at one 
unshaken by those tremors and apprehensions for the com- 
batants to which the male spectator- -feeble-minded wretch ! 
is subject Nothing can excera the resolution with which they 
have been known to send forth men to battle : as some witty 
dog says, Lesf'emmes toni trcs brows avec laprau d'autrui 

Dy this trait Gerard now profited. Margaret and Reicht 
were agreed that a man should always take the bull by the horns. 
Gerard's only course wus to marry Margaret Brandt off-hand ; 
the old people would come to after a while, the deed once done. 
Whereas, the longer this misunderstanding continued on its 
present footing, the worse for all parties, especially for Gerard. 



THE CLOISTER AND THR HKARTH 

." 'I*!; '";* I"*'*' •"'' "•'" ""7 •'•ve ,,m\f hiin Knn.iiuM them • 
liid«<l y.,„ „r., .V|„»i,,. cir.nl, • s«l,l Hel.hl. " ll ni.krs 

whtn I mrt him in Ihr .tr.-rl tixUy, I h«l liked to h.ve bunt 
out crying : he ««» mi .toiled." 

»uch*«"it'iv'* "*'"'"' "" """" ''"" '" ' "''™" ' ''•' "«''••'" ■' 
" Ob, 1 see nil iiddo in th.ni." 

.,.'.' ?|*"''"T '""■ ^'^ '*'','"■'» ""' "° """''' f"' '"»"• We 
.re 0««;. Ihty i.ri »l„«e. Ue e«it >Uiid the worry, worry 
w.»rv ..fh.lle i,„i,d»; „i,„ ,, , „„i fo, „,, , ..fj^ii,^; 

»huuld Ik- .,p„.ed lo il ; , , , h.„l .•,i,„,„hrHe«..l, k».r,,T' 
•le«lgii „,d ,wint « ,„«.t.Tpitce, wilhoilt hnviiig k<ihU «ld Hie, 
HtinRing us III d«.lh into (k; Imrgiiiii ' 

Kx«per.ted ., (., -,rd v»,s by hi» tl.lhcrVthrt,.l ..f viole„i.e, 
he bstene.! lo lb- ,. ,..>„,||y voice. leMinK him Ibe pruden 

•• I do not fe„r ,„y litber v!.,l,„.,., |„, .i,,, ., ,,„t , j„ ,. 

me. I wouW m.rry K„^„vi i ,.m .rro»- .f th.t wm my only 

her father, «,d give he, ,,o<„ h,.sl»„.l « l,o wrjdd never 
thrive, weigheJ down by hi., jMr. n! « cune. M.d.m ! 1 «me- 
times think if 1 eould but m«rry her «cr tly, «„d IhenTk- 
her .way to MTOe eountiy where ,„y e«ft is .et'er pidd th«i in 
thi.; «,d .Aer . ye.r or two, when the .ton., h,d blown 7v'". 
you k.«.w, could eome b«.k with „ ,„ey |„ „,y , u^, .„d ^,. 

My de« parent., we do not seek your »ub tai',-e, we but 
you to love u, once more a. you used, and .» we have n. v 
ce««l to love you -but, ,ila» ! 1 sliall be lold the« are x^- 
dreams ot an inexperienced young man ■ 
The old lady's eyes sparkled. 

" It is no dream, but a |«e<e of wonil. rfiil iMmm-n-seiwe in ^ 

boy; It remains to l« seen where you h^e snirit to carry out 

your own thought. There i. a ™untrv, ..le™rd, where certain 

fortune await, you at this moment. Here th. art.s freeie, but 

oHMid" ^ flourish, .u they never jct flouri.hed in any age 

" It is Italy ! " cried (ierard. " It is Italy ! " 

"Ay, Italy ! where painters are honoured like princes, and 

scribes are paid three hundred crowns for copyinp a single 

manuscript. Know you not that his Holines., the Pone has 

written to even- luid for skilful »,.ril«s to copy ll,e hundred, of 

preciou. manuscripts that are pouring into that fa,oured land 

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Iron) Constantinople, whence learning and learne<l men are 
driven by the barbarian Turks ? " 

" Nay, I know not that ; but it haa been the dream and hope 
of ray life to \isit Italy, the queen of all the arts ; oh, madam ! 
But the Juumey, and we are all so poor." 

" Find you the heart to go, I'll find the means. I know where 
to lay my hand on ten golden angels: they will take you to 
Rome : and the girl with you, if ghe loves you att she ought." 

Thev sat till midnight over this theme. Aiid, after that day 
Gerard recovered his spirits, and seemed to ctary a secret 
talisman against all the gibes and the han>h words that flew 
about his ears at home. 

Besides the money she pn»cured him for the journey, Margaret 
Vmi Eyck g;ive hiui money's worth. Said she, " 1 will tell you 
.•let'rets tliat I learned from masters that are gone from me, and 
have left no fellow behind. Even the Italians know them not; 
iind what I tell you now in Tergou you shall sell dear in Florence. 
Niite my brother Jan's picture** : time, which fades all other 
paintinjrs, leaves his raiours bright as the day they left the 
ca&el. The reason is, he did nothing blindly, nothing in a huny. 
He trusted to no hireling to grind his colours ; he did it himself, 
or saw it done. Hi.s panei was prt'imred, and prcpircd again — 
I will show jou how — a year before he laid his colour on. Most 
of them are quite content to have their work sucked up and lostj 
><M)ner than not be in a hurry. Bad painters are always in a 
hurry. Abfive all, Gerard, I warn you use but little oil, and 
never Iwil it : boiH' 7 it melts that vegetable dross into its very 
heart which it is business to olear away ; for impure oil is 

death to colour, .-u; take your oil and pour it into a bottle 
\vith water. In a day or two the water will turn muddy: that 
is muck from the oil. Pour the dirty water carefully away, and 
add frc-h. When that is |ioured away, you will fancy the oil is 
clear. You are nii:.tdken. Reieht, fetch me that ! " Reicht 
brought a glass tr.>ugh with a glass lid fitting tight. "When 
your oil has U-en washed ii. bottle, put it into this trough with 
w.iter, and pis* the trough in the sun all day. You will MMm see 
the water turbid again. But nvirk, you must not carry this 
game too far, or the sun will turn your oil to vamisli. When it 
is fis clear as crystal, xnd not too luscious, drain carefully ;ind 
<'ork it up tight, (irind your own prime colours, and lay them on 
with this oil, and they shall live. Hubert M-ould put sand or 
salt in the water to clear the oil quicker. But Jan used to say, 
' Water will do it best ; give water time. Jan Van Eyck was 
never in a hurn-, and that is why the world will not forget Aim 
in a Imrr\.' 

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THF. CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

that rwd luimKsltaT i^.T: '°.'"'™*""K "«= "me thinK, 
ledge, Gemri .!« dTtoT^rrv^?:^^ *".t T"'^ "^ ''"°"- 

reM,luUo„, »nd to pubn,h h, J„ °™ ""«,'"''^' ^""dt of his 
went to SeventerC „rll tS^™ '",1"»=">- ?- P-wiWe- He 
He beg™ with MaL", ",?."'.''''^°" '»''• "i™ errands 

her c-<M,per.tio., "'"""""" •■« ''«' ™nie to at last, and inrited 
She rciuked it phimp. 

bu;'!:h;„'';o"ut»^rto'^tL;;:!i^'.-' «p"''en or ,.o„r f..„„y. 

■win. "Idothinkvour S^^^ She sopped, then began 
to «,other. He tiw Peter Rf l" °° '"■""'.'° "'« "»«■ th"" 
■ne. But ao long « he^ ll^" ^'"^ Z"""^- »"d Peter told 

to have told n.e'^ttiaLtead „f I Z^ >'"*''.5"'"^™'"'"«'" 
Gerard, dearly as 1 Io,ryou '■ * ^' ' ""'•' ""' """T y™. 

ve™ to"l\l" her"c° t^- "■'» "«■'""»"■ "« found it 
TT.JnG.^Tas'lJ'^^tiS.'n'i' ^Sr"'"^ '" "'"'^ "" ^'"<' 

youwi7drive me^1'£''a'nril'l^f^''!',,'"* ™ "«'' ''d"-. ""d 
-.other. My mrenb. halt "^ ' **"' """'' «"d one way or 
loves me in /esf*^' ^ """ '" *»"'=*'■ "'"t "-y lover only 

'^M^:!^:^':^''^' "■= "-^-y home again, 

io^'^;:n\rwsr't:;s:!"h:?:i; 'r-""^™ - «*-■ •'■<' 

u« males, seems a^fythinVTut ogrc^fCfauU i'"' '" """" "' 
eye ; the logic is too swift f„f ™ n . " ""'■ "»"■ 

^"jprL;;- ^'11 ^..j-d^^^t,, -..«. to 

(•erard came niniiinir I,,,.!, ,,. V .., , ''■^' ■"' l'^ her, 

>pite! They h^,,. cut ;'rur™to;7et"' '^'' "' "■- 

" n^sVdid^t^'^-"'""'' -^ -•'■-X"f:r:hS' ^"' ""' ^"^ 

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" Nay, I know not. I (tared nut a^k : fur I should hate thr 
hand that did it, ay, to my dyin^ day. My poor Margaret ! The 
butchers, the rtilfians ! Six months work cut out of my hfe. 
and nothing tu Khow for it now. See, they have hacked through 
your very face ; the sweet face that every one love^ who knows 
it. Oh, heartless, mercilesK vipers ! " 

" Never mind, Gerard," said Margaret, panting. " Since this 
is how they treat you for my Hake — Ye rob him of my |iortrait, 
do ye f Well, then, he shall have the tace itself, such as it is." 

"Oh, Margaret!" 

" Yes, Gerard ; since they are so cruel, I will be the kinder: 
forgive me for refusing you. I will be your wife: to-morrow, if 
it is your pleasure." 

(ieranl kissed her hands with rapture, and then her lips : and 
in a tumult of joy ran for P«ter and Martin. They came and 
witnessed the tietn>thal ; a solemn ceremony in those days, and 
indeed for more than a century Uter, though now abolished. 



( HAITER X 

The banns of marriage had to be read three times, as in our 
days; with this difference, that they were commonly read on 
wfek-<Iays, and the young couple easily persuaded the cure to 
do the three readings in twenty-four hours : he was new to th< 
place, and their Ifioks spoke volumes in their favour. They 
were cried on Monday at matins and at vespers; and, to their 
great delight, noljody fn»m Tergou was in the church. The 
next moniiug they were Iwth there, palpitating with anxiety, 
when, to their horror, a stranger st^wc! up and forljade the banns, 
on the score that the |»arties were not of age, and their parents 
not consenting. 

Outside thf chiin-h (lo<ir Margaret and Geranl held a 
trembling, fuid ttlmoHt despairing consultation ; but, l)cforc 
thev could settle anything, the man who had done them so ill 
;t turn Jipproached, and gave them to understand that he was 
\ cry sorrv t(( interfere : that his inclin}itM)i) was to further the 
happiness of the young ; but thwt in iHiint of fact his only 
means of getting a living was by forbiddinR lianns : what then ? 
"The young people give me a crown, and I undo my work 
handsomelv ; tell the cure i was misinformed, and all goes 
smooth h" 

"A crown' 1 will grve von a golden angel to do this," said 



THK (LOISTEK AlMIl THK HRVRTH 

« /?re«t frequenter „f he sDot^h "5 "^''' ™"'' ''"' 

«ybr«„lt ™|, home to ell C'fjtr"l''i':r'' '^"^ '"•"'"" 

f.tchi„« his ei!ler lll^.trret h: '.'l^'h''" "'' '•■'■ "i"^''""'^ 
out, and told him what he l^d^^i,, " " "''""'' '" '""'^ 

'i"th that should f„Terfe',."';r'th'T'''" 'r "7 '"«■*■ 

which wa* their thought iTv I , ""»''"'l'l>- mheritaiice 

Their pints' ,JSy wZ :*?«:"' ',*"■" '''"""' ''■^ "'«'"■ 
tliese perversa and ,„IHsh h^J,7,l I ''"^"^ , "f'Pnnp : hut i„ 
verted into avari... tCthwr! ^"""^J- ^"■'"•= »* I«'- 

« to he found in ,«t„re "'""' ''■"'"^^'' """■•••■•= <>' <^ri",e.s 

the bur^„,.,terTherweec ;:„;;„:"';'"'■ ,''"; "■ «° «-' "- 

»«» avenie to the match thouahtr*^ ""*• ' ,'" '^'' """ »•£ 

Ohysbrecht Van Swieten Tw ' T ""* '"""" "'-y- 
t.«.k eare not to letltem se. ( If I''"" "' ""'"• ■ '"" ''<' 
'*^-.-ndputtiui,.lZ^,teZir"^ *""•■ , '- I'eard their 

"Since the father ofT T" | ' *?''''\""'' '■"'''"<■'•». he »id : 
on n,e, who ,.„, the ^ther , he\" " ''r^"' ''" '''">' ''»"•"'' 
...ind; leave all to me .^d l^X Ti. ' \''"" -^""■- f""-"- 
of this, lea»t of all (he\. "men ,h f ' ""' " *""""" " ""-^ 

chmerins tongues mar ^S ..^tleK-- '" *"'"■ """ '""''''=^ f" 
of ttSe^t '"™' ^ ""'^ -Perdhou^ly : he „.s ashamed 

On their return home thev found fh-i- l., .u , 
.-" a low stool at their ,mfhe"sLt ,h, """' '''■'''''' 

hair with her hand, speakin/vervwn' . u * '"■'««*"« his 
t" take h,s part "^1^' fSthe?™d h'Jl'rt'v' T' '"""''''"'' 

•h. m„n eause of this eh.„,e of r!;'/:::::,,;!:':,:?!^' jtS 



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woman. She it <iji.s who in h inument of femftle irrfltion had cut 
Slargsrct's picture to pieces. She hari watched the effect with 
iwme misgiving!, iind had seen Gerard turn pile as death, and 
sit motionless like a bereaved ireature, with the pieces in his 
hands, and his eyes fixed on them till tears came and blinded 
them Then she •«« terrified at what she had done ; and next 
her heart smote her bitterly; and she wept sore apart; but, 
beinK what she was, dared not own it, but said io herself, " I'll 
not say a word, but I'll make it up to him." And her bowels 
yearned over her son, and her feeble violence died a natural 
ileath, and she was transferring her fatal alliance to Oerard 
when the two black sheep came in. deratd knew nothing of 
the immediate cause ; on the contrary, inexperienced «• he was 
in the ins and outs of females, her kindness made him ashamed 
of a suspicion he had entertained that she was the depredator, 
and he kissed her again and again, and went to bed happy as 
a prince to think his mother was his mother once more at the 
very crisis of his fate. 

The next mortling, at ten o'clock, Gerard and Margaret were 
:n the church at Sevenbergen, he radiant with joy, she with 
blushes. Peter was also there, and Martni Wittenhaagen, but 
no other friend. Secrecy was everything. .Margaret had de- 
clined Italy. She could liot leave her father : he was too learned 
and too helpless. But it w.is settled they should re'.ire into 
Flanders for a few weeks until the storm should be blown over 
at Tergoii. The cure ilid no! keep then' waiting long, though 
it seemeii an age Presently he stood at the altar, and called 
them to him. i'hey went hund in hand the Happies' in 
Holland. The cure opened his iwol*. 

But ere he uttered a smgli' woni of the s-wred nte, a harsh 
voice cried "Forbear' " Ami the eonstaliles e'' Tergou came 
up the aisle and seized i lerard in the name of the law. Martin's 
long knife Hashed out directlv. 

" Forbear, man ! " cried 'the priest. ■ What ! .'raw your 
weapon in ;i church, and ye who interrupt thi.'i holy ,acrament, 
what means this inipiety ? " 

■■There is no irupiety, father" iaid the burgomaster's .ervant 
respectfully. " '1 liis young man would marry against his father's 
will, and liis father has prayed our burBOinaster to deal >v>th 
him according to the law. Let lii;n denv i' if he can." 

" Is this se). young man ^ " 

(ierard hiing his head. 

■We take him to Rcilerdain lo ;,ljide the sentence of the 
Duke." 

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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

„„:,'i.""^«'""- i' •» - lie. Webu. uke bin, to our Sudt- 

ouUide .he town hey't;rie'\v^. I'd "V, '''"''"'' '"»' 
canva.,. Geranl was nut T. Th ^ ,"'?" ""'""''' """^J «ith 

was taken up several ml, r^'f^" "^ ""■ ^'"'"■""■'e. He 
room lighted ™K. by i.^*I:^VL'*r'^ and thrust into a small 
The wh^le fumlt'ire^raT^ril'Xst '"' ' '"''™' '™ '■"• 

I. 'rSn t:^S Z. ™^ "f "\""'''"-'^ 'o •'-"'• 
cold, unbroken solitude tortur^" \ l" '''""' ''"^'^ '' ""?"«' 

no more the li/hT ^?^v '• And LTne , '.''?''" ' ^"'" ^« 
mended his soul to God "'*'' ''°'™ »"'' ™"'. 

an.rra'it'^rhr enTKhim'^ r: *"' i.^ ">= »•'■"•-■ 

knees againrt the w.U. U was but for T ^ T"''"* ■■" 

minute he saw a sight uch ,^ P" ""^ = ''"' '" """' 

appreciate. * ^'' "" """"^ •"" » captive can 
Martin Wittenhaagtn s back 

Sti^Sse"" '"""'^' ""'^"^ ""^-"^ " 'he br^-k near the 

.nst■sp'shr^r"he^.t^^eh^ "^t'"'.'^"- *'"^"' 

i".'. He turned hitilv m^L j "'^ T'^'" '"''"'" '^an fish- 

s.^... «nd takht'r,;'!^, .ri""L";e^r;ikVr' "'■" " 

He held ^^l^in^atthei^"?'*'""*^''"" "'^ "omfcrl. 
couW, then timng Lk imeih f VT^ '"'"• '" '™K " •" 
.ron (. ,-, heW on"f bTmstT M ''";"-'' «'™<^''cd tht rusty 

- Ohvsb«eht \ in W L '■ """J- f™"' "'c «tone.w„rk just 

1- «^ur,™^ste:": :: ?e';? ir.stantlv""^^'-""'"'^- l^'"'"'' 
(tUnced at the window l„,t 1 ! "',"°"''> '"> "><■ "O". ""d then 

- "undred <^ -V^^Ile :;:j:^jl-';^- J--'*^ 






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Jumpinff out, why should he Iwlk it ? He brought a brown loaf 
and a pitcher of water, and act them im the chest in solenui 
silence. (Jerard's first impulse was to brain him with the iron 
bar and fly down the stairs; but the burgomaster seeing some- 
thing wicked in his eye, gave a little cough, and three stout 
fellows, armed, showed themselves directly at the door. 

" My ordera are to keep you thus until you shall bind yourself 
by an oath to leave Margaret Brandt, and return to the Church, 
to which you have belonged from your cradle." 

" Death sooner." 

" With all my heart." And the burgomaster retireil. 

Martin went with all <4peed t<i Sevenbergen ; there he found 
Margaret |iale and agitated, but full of resolution and energy. 
She was just finishing a letter to the Countess Charoiois, appeal- 
ing to her against the violence and treachery of Ghysbrecht. 

"Courage!" cried Martin on entering. "I have found him. 
He is in the haunted tower, right at the top of it. Ay, I know 
the place : many a poor felloM' has gone up there straight, and 
come down feet foremost." 

He then told them how he had looke<l up and seen Geranl's 
face at a window that was like a slit in the wall. 

'< Oh, Martin ! how did he look ? " 

" What mean you ? He looked like Gerard Eliassoen. " 

•' But was he pale ? " 

"A little." 

" Looked he anxiout> ? lAM>ked he like one doomed ? " 

■' Nay, nay ; as bright as a pewter pot" 

" You mm-k nie. Stay ! thou that must have been at sight of 
you. He counts on us. Oh, what shall we do^ Martin, goo<l 
friend, take this at once to Rotterdam." 

Martin held out his hand for the letter. 

Peter had sat silent all this time Imt pondering, and yet 
contrar)' to custom, keenly attentive to wfaat was gatnfr on 
around him. 

" Put not your trust in pwre i." uid he. 

" ,\las ! what else have we to trust in?" 

" Knowleti^*'. " 

" VVell-a-tiiv. father' y"'"' learning will not serve us here." 

" How know you that Wit has been to<j strong f<»r iron 
bars ere to-day " 

" .\y. father; hut t»«ture is stronger than wit, and she is 
against us. I'tiink of liw- liei.Erht ! So ladder in Holland might 
reach him. '" 

" I need no ladder , wliat 1 need is a gold crown." 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

'l«P "Wh. ^""^ "' "■«" « "'vention, •• «,id «hr, wrth a 

"Invention!" Pri<.#i ♦(. i* 

Iwen wihl tlwt i> to \k m1,i " i "S '"'> ' Kvffythine has 
^h» I lell y..u h„,. „"^,:'^ ;.-^' •';;"; that ever W.1I S rf^l "" 
hlKlierthan Gem„c,; Jt (w "f.*^ ,7? »'"'• "P '» « t..wer 

tower foot .nj g^t hi,/„ul with nil,!.''' "''""' »""'■' « 'he 
y-p-^'>. Mar.,, an, .er;:;:\"»,t:/rra,t'"l' Vt ''^ 

tnJll^J.rri^'^l'l.l^^r.^^J'^^-w.hefi.,.,,.,, «,,„ ^. 

m«,t thin^ „„t are re. h "ir^tfr""" The „ana.Jv„, ffe 

:t:L^s!H' "- "-^ -- ^^^r z^>^-^t'Z"z 

It was nine o'clock on n „i 
»niior, was still awav th» -J^I "i. """""''Kht night; Geranl 
"ometiraeabed. ^' '" "^' "' ^is little family had SS 

A 6gure stood In- the d»..^ i . 
momlight shone onit ' ^'^ " *« -hite, .„d the 

mmi^^tZCTl^i, r^u„!f:„!f" ; r" "■"' « ^■■""' "-e 

At this, Giles's dead neen.,1 •• , 
onk his sister Kate. '^'*'' ™""<""ly "l>. and he saw i, was 

^ -ij- "f the i,..d. IT^'^t'^zj'i , '"'r^'^ -'"- -'-• 

<«"Jed ^ymmstw. "-turned to h„ p|»^.p ,,^ ^^ ^^ 

K.te then revealed to Giles th« she h-1 h I , 

gJJ" """^ ""W heanl Uimelis «h1 



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Sybr«nilt mention Uerard'H immr ; aiiU being hrnclf in gmt 
anxiety at his not coming hoinr all day, had listened at their 
door, and had niade a fearful dis<H>very. Gerard waa in priaon, 
in the haunted tower of the Stadthouse. He was there, it 
seemed, by their father's authority. But here must be some 
treachery ; for how could their father have nnlered this cruel 
act? rie was at Rotterdam. She ended by entreating Giles 
to bear her company to the foot of the haunted tower, to 
■ay a word of comt(>rt to poor Gerard, and let him know their 
father was abneiit, and would be iture to release him on his 
return. 

" Dear Giles, I would go alone, but I am afeard of the spirits 
that men say do haunt the tnwer; but with ynii I shall not Ih> 
afeard." 

" Nor I with you," said (iiles. " I dun't l>elieve thert* are any 
spirits in Tergou. I never snw one. This last was the Hkest 
one ever I saw ; and it was but you, Kate, after all." 

lu less than hulf nti hour Giles and Kate opened the houie- 
door cautiously oiid issued forth, fshe made him carry a lantern, 
though the night was bright. " The lantern gives me more 
courage against the evil spirits," said she. 

The first day of imprisonment is very trying, especially if to 
the horror of captivity is added the horror of utter solitude. I 
observe that in our own day a great many persons commit 
suicide (luring the first twenty-four hours of the solitary celL 
This is doubtless why our Jo^ri abstain so careliilty fn)m the 
iinjMrrtinence of watcliing their little experiment upon the 
human soul at that particular stage of it. 

As the Hun <leclined, (>eranl's heart too sank and sank ; with 
the waning light even the embers of hope went out. He was 
faint, too, with hunger ; for he was afraid to cut the food Ghys- 
brecht had brought him ; and hunger alone cows men. He sat 
upon the chest, his arms and his head drooping before him, a 
picture of despondency. Suddenly something struck the wall 
beyond him ver}' sharply, and then rattl^'d on the Boor at his 
feet. It was an arrow ; he saw the wliitc feather. A chill ran 
through him — they meant then to as.'^assii.Kte him from the out- 
side. He crouchnl. No more missiles came. He crawled ou 
all fours, and took up the arrow ; there was no head tu it. He 
uttered a cry of hope; had a friendly bund shot it ? He took 
it up, nnd felt it :ill over : he found a soft substance attached to 
it. Tlien one of bis eeceiitrieitits was of grMnd use to him. 
His tinder-box enabled him to stnk'* ;i light; it showed him 
two things that made his beail Utund with delight, none the 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEABTH 

«w figure, .t the lower f^LTh. ""* '"'"''K •'°*". •»= 
lookecfllke one huge fo™ H. ll'LT'L" '"'"•""<^'. 'hey 
trembling hand : tBenT undid ^h^ ,t 'i?"' '" •'"°' ""h 
«id n.«le one end f,"t To U.vJ "1, "^'^'^ ^"^ e.refully, 

I«rge knot, and bv th.Hr-..t "''"*/'"■ '»• last he eainc- to a 
the dik. Whatluld ,hrm.:„rwt '7'^ *" ""«'•"' *-> 
«-lf Mai^aref, voice caraeuTt^ h?J^ 1 ' k" P,""""« hln,- 
"P,Genml,Ull»ou.eelr^rtv" A.Tk ?"^ ■■''"' "I'»* 

wSipcort line /p,an?d,rw ind drew tiirh^ """"^ ••"* ""^ 
knot, and found a eori of some thl^l.!^ \ l ''^'' '" "•»"'«' 
whipcord. He h«l no 1,^ bl^^eo^drew .h,' P'"«"^"" 
tound that he had now a heavy wt^, . , '"^'l "P' """ •"• 
truth suddenly flashed «^ him fni ? ^"' *'"•• Then the 
pulled and pJled tUI th? ne^n'iJS'' *" „L'"' '" "<"■"« "•«" 
"eight got heavier „JheaTr'^"d°",T"r'K''™" •"" = ">e 
exhausted: looking down hellL i^.i, "" }"^ *" "'" --igh 
revived him: it wL as"? were I " '?' n.oonlight a sight that 
put of the deep shado'w iT™ tbT^^T^Tj."' V """ 
joy, and a scan more wild nulls .1!^', i """^ " "'""" "f 
touched hi, hand • he hauled .^^K ?j '°'j' """' "«»■ "P* 
inlohispn™ and insS«iH'>'^^*"''.''™«'^ "-e eS 
the ches"; in succesTrand knotted .^S,*" "^'^ ''"'«^'« "' 
moment to recover his breath .nrf \, , J ""■" '*' *"' » 
first thing wa, to make sure thatThe ThiT ^^ "'"-"'*=• ^'■'' 
able of resisting his weight nA7.ij ■ ," *" '""'"'■ ""i "-^ 

doubtless jumped up^nlne „"',""""• """^ "Po-^d : he had 

the .i:.. „pe «^".L'tr|-;%--j.rrwfndr 



TH£ CLOISIBK AND THE HEARTH 

He now inouiiteU thr cheats uiul tnnu the vhe«t, put hi^ tout 
throuKh the window, mtui mI tiidl' In and half out, with one 
hand on that part of the rope which was intUdr. In the 
Hilriit night he hrartt hlK own heart Ih-uI. 

The free air hn-«th(.d on his face, aiKl gave him the coura^r 
to rifik what we iniitit ull lour <ine day-for liberty. Many 
dangeRf awaited him, but the greatrHt watt the first getting on 
to the rope (Hititide. Gerard rrflfctrd. Finally, he put himsrtf 
in the attitude of n swimmer, hiM body to the walbt being in the 
prison, hiii leg» outHide. Then holding the luhidt* rope with 
both haiidit, he felt anxiuukly with hi^ feet for the uutttide rope, 
and when he hud got it, he worked it in between the pahnN of 
liu feet, and kept it there tight : then he utturrd a khnrl prayer, 
and, all the calmer for it, put his U-ft hand on tht- hill and 
gradually wriggled out. Then he sft/ed the iron bar, and for 
une fejiriul moment hung uutude fnuu it by his right hand, 
while hih led hand felt for the ru|>f iluwnat hin kufCH; it was 
too tight Mgaiiiitt the wall ft>r his fingers tt> get round It higher 
up. The moment he hiul fairly graft|>cd it, Uv ItH the Iwr, and 
swillly seixed thr n>|H' with tin- right Iwnd too; but in thu 
nianiEuvre Iiih body neeefinarily fell about a yard. A stifled cry 
caine up fmni l>eU>w. (icranl hung in mid-air. He clenched 
hiH teeth, and nipped tht- ro|>e tight with hiH feet and gripped 
it with his hands, and went down sluwly hand below liand. He 
|mh.sed by one huge rough Ntone afler another. He saw there 
was green mosH on one. He looked up and he looked down. 
'J'ht- moon shone into hiii prison window: it M-eine<l vir)' near. 
'J'hc Huttering H^urt^ beluw seemed an awful distance. It 
niwtt- him diisy tu Kutk duwu : so he fixed hik eyes steadily on 
the wall close to him, and wt-nt sliiwly down, down, down. 

I4f passed n rusty, slimy streak on the wall : it was some ten 
feet long. The ru|ie made his hands very hot. He stole 
another look up. 

'Ilie prison window wat< a good way off now. 

Down — down — down— ^own. 

The rupe made his hands sure. 

He looked up. The window was so distant, he ventured 
now to turn his eyes downward again ; and there, not more than 
thirty feet below him, were Margaret and Martin, their faithful 
hands upstretched to catch him ^ould he fall. He coukl see 
their eyes and tlieir teeth shine in tlie moonlight. For their 
mouths were open, and they were breaUiing hard. 

" Take eare, Gerard ! oh, take eare ! ijook not down." 

" Fear me not," cried Gerard joyfully, and eyed the wall, but 
came down (aster. 

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THE CLOISTEH AND THE HEAHTH 

"ne embrace. ' *" '""« "^'"ng together la 

;■ Hu.h ' ,w.y In Hilenee, ,l,.„ ™,." 
nty irtole .long ,h„ ,h^„^ ^f ,^ ^^^ 

'lose .t hand. ' ' ""J^ ''"'"' "hiiprm «,d footitep, 

•hen tie ligl,, ',1„„ '^JZun^ ■„T,h'^ ^'S^ ""»«'«' '« 
■Ttunly into the di,t,u,^ " '"" "'""• ""» «i'^l"-r«d un 

»«'„V-"'""'' "'"■"'' «"' ■ whi.,.r. ■■n.y .„ 

^;_No, ™ ! ■ ,.,.,„„„^ M.,g„„. ; „ „ ehe« no w.v out whe» 

:'rs,e;i7c;^"dttiSh' "^T— 

nH>U„„i„g hi, companion"'.?! J ouL be L"""!' I"™ = " "»"' 
I'uMXr^i^r."' '"- --'Xr™-^;nt;t^^^^^^^^ 

And now a wiW |,„,„ i,,,. . „,- 
Gerard, th.t thi., w„, S .t^lZ^rr'^i "'""«' «"<H.gh 
per«n. The «,ldier, he kne« ^uW* I ^ "" '""»«"■•«"<■' 
bu«her or burgotnuter, J^^ he wouhl ,h^ k"' 'T^'' *^'Vh « 
. But who amy foreteU the Ju^'' l^T'^ • boar in . wlrf. 
in.te«l of reniiaing firm .i\i iX' I'"*""?*"- ■">« Ix" 
«en to w.ver fir.,, ?he.™'h«ie v^ ">' .•'e.U, iA.ft, w., 
'Uggered b«.k to them, h^ kuee i^J^lT* ""."?"' ""■«" 
bUmhed with fe.r. He et hi. ^u T^f *"",« ,""* ^ '*«^' 
shoidder. ' "™" *•"' «"'' clutched Gerard'. 

tuw'e^'t.rhl::!,^^"!"'?,.'?'"'"''" "* «">«^ "-".* h.u„t«, 
g41^.tzrthrur^^r.i:;s«"'^t"<i«.««i .1^ 

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(ANSI and ISO TEST CHART No 2) 




^ >1PPLIED IM/1GE Inc 

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" Hmh ! " he cried^ " It will hear you. Up the wall ! it is 
going up the wall ! Its head is on fire, t'p the wall, as mortal 
creatures walk upon green sward. If you know a prayer, say 
it, for hell is loose to-night." 

" I have power to exorcise spirits/' said Gerard, trembling. 
"I will venture forth." 

" Go alone, then ! " said Martin ; " I have looked on't once, 
and live." 



CHAPTER XI 

The strange glance of hatred the burgomaster had cast on 
Gerard, coupled with his imprisonment, had filled the young 
man with a persuasion that Ghysbrecht was his enemy to the 
death, and he glided round the angle of the tower, fully ex- 
pecting to see no supernatural appearance, but some cruel and 
treacherous contrivance of a bad man to do him a mischief in 
that prison, his escape from which could hardly be known. 

As he stole forth, a soft but brave hand crept into his; and 
Margaret was by his side, to share this new peril. 

No sooner was the haunted tower visible, than a sight struck 
their eyes that benumbed them as they stood. More than half 
way up the tower, a creature with a fiery head, like an enormous 
glowworm, was steadily mounting the wall : the body was dark, 
but its outline visible through the glare from the head, and the 
whole creature not much less than four feet long. 

At the foot of the tower stood a thing in white, that looked 
exactly like the figure of a female. Gerard and Margaret palpi- 
tated with awe. 

"The rope! the rope! It is going up the rope," gasped 
Gerard. 

As they gazed, the glowworm disappeared in Gerard's late 
prison, but its light illuminated the cell inside and reddened 
the window. The white figure stood motionless below. 

Such as can retain their senses after the first prostrating 
effect of the supernatural are apt to experience terror in one of 
its strangest forms, a wild desire to fling themselves upon the 
terrible object It fascinates them as the snake the bird. The 
great tragedian, Macready, used to render this finely in Macbeth, 
at Banquo's second appearance. He flung himself with averted 
head at the horrible shadow. This strange impulse now seised 
Margaret She put down Gerard's hand quietly, and stood be- 
wildered ; then, all in a moment, vrith a wild cry, darted towards 
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lUt tLOISTF.H AMI THE HEARTH 
■■ Hush he oiied. ■■ it .■• ! (.■■" >"i- ' Z' tht -«h ! it i- 

^rii.' ^p l!if »»»H ' II' •" ^'i "■' ■ ' '' ''"■ """■ "^ " ■"■' 

er.-Jlt,.r,.s «!.lk .i|wr, f?l'f.n »'ud. n you kn.m u pmyer =M 
it, tV.r hell is lK~f tc-ip,r'r- , . , , i , 

■I havi- ,""^cr I., w.vi-c spirit-, *(icl ' ••■ ■■"'■ treinWinif. 
■ I will vci.liire forth. ■ , , .,. 

•i;,),U.n.., th^r '^"i \Miu: "I h«v. , o,-:\ <.n t ..nre. 
• nil live." 



ii.r .IMiilTi- fluno- of :,iUv,l :l.',- ijuigoir.i. f i,i.J i. I 'ii. 
.—,„-.) i-oupied M.th his iMipnsMmnfiit, had hlW ihe voii>i(5 
.„«.! .wlh » p<:r.uaA.n llmt tihv.brfcht w».s hi< pnemy to the 
.'le»th. »...! h,- i-lided round thr ..nL'l.- of Liie taw,.r, lullv ex 
„^-..,ut to see n^' superT-.»t4ral mpearancp, but sonic oruel and 
;r-»-l,,„,u. i-ontrivance of « had man I" do Mm :i lUlschl't .n 
•l.xi ,>r..on. h,s .-^-'..pe frou'i wh-.L-l, .'o ,!ii lMrdl> he l.,„.wn 

• -K stoh' foriM. i ■••^' hut hravf hand .■lepl '.no his; and 
,l-'»»i.' •1., bv hi- «idf. lo -hire ihia ni^-i pfrii. 

S .^ae< >VM the h*M,a.'d t.iwir risible, th.ii a •iight ■Uruek 
<.,. ■ .>s that t,enumhed thcui as ilii-v sl^id Moi-c than halt 
,.,.' '.-.■ (he lo«.-r, a en-Htvifc v.ith » Hf.;. head, like „n enornious 
^■t„ »..r,n, was sf;adil- ■nountil.ir the wall the b-nly iiras dark, 
... t .N ..^nhne vi-ihie throujih the plare from the head, und the 
.. n,i, r, tturc not MUeh Ivss toMn to,.r f..-et long. , ^ , , , 
^t ..,.- fo,it of th- lower iM-i a thirs; m ,vh.te. that looked 
,.,;,.-i:v l;l<e the tiK'.re of r. {.•will: Oen.^tl ,ti.l Marffaret palpi 

n. .op. : .'. -.,,. It ; .'.i-' '!■ ■!■■ ' ■ ■"-P'-'' 

'".Is'ihiv iMwi. -he vi..-»>v„t, , .h*.|.|.eareu n fiera-J's late 
nn..,o., b.'.t it» U!?tit il',uniin»t._-d Ho e, I inside H,:,i leddened 
•hi- vir.dow Tl.- *hite lipim slcxl metionles-- below. 

■i,,;. ns eai. r»'on their sens.-, after the first prostratmir 
.jji^et 1" »he snn.-rMiural an apt to . xptrienee terror in srne ot 
,t. stranwr^.'. lorMis a --ild ue-.ir. to fling theniseUe- upon t he 
v-reib!e oh-e.l. It t..sei.«tes U.eo, *.s th.- snate the hird. The 
itreul traj-ihai. M.v:-r.,,if. usea to render !liis finely u, Macbeth, 



ut B.<ni)uos ..^eoiid apl 
h.-«.:i at the hi,rrtbU 
Maci^aret Sht put 
■-vildered ; ttien, all -. 



luearatice. 



Hi. fluiiif himself 'Villi averted 



shadev., 1 his strange impdse now 'eized 
J,..,. i:;.Tard - hand qilieth . »mI stmai lie- 
1 IT ment. with a wild trv. started towards 
till 




I I'- »K\I I ;• nil Ki.l'l. 



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got clear. Up I goa^d'ee " "" """" *''" "•"■ "« ■>« 

preiud?ce^""seevoulV,h' '"P?" '"'«'"i"™. blinded by 

sain^ p„teet us thlt^KjTe^l i!'ab,C •'" ""'""• ""'>• 
A light scares the ill spirits," said she. 

lit; iff'"' -^™"-^^^^ 

at her with more than mortal velocity ^ * 

" Take my body, but spare my soul 1 " 



THE CLOISTKR AND THE HEARTH 

Mmgartl (putting). " Why, it ii 4 woman ! " 

Kale (quirarlng). " Why, it is ■ woman ! " 

Margaret " How you scared me ! " 

Kate. " I am soared enough myself Oh ! oh .' oh I" 

"This U strange I But the aeiy-heacled thing? Yet it was 
with you, and you are harmless I But why are you here at this 
time of night?'' 

" Nay, why are you i " 

" Perhaps we are on the same errand ? Ah I you are his goad 
sister, Kate." 

" And you are Margaft Brandt." 

-Yea.-' 

" All the better. You love him : you are her' Then Giles 
was right He has won free." 

Oenrd came forward, and put the queotien at rest But all 
Airther explanation was cut short by a horrible unearthly noise, 
like a sepulchre ventriloquising : 

" PaHCHMENT I — PARCHMENT ! — pAtCMMKNT ! " 

At each repetition, it rose in intensity. 'Iliey looked up, and 
there was the dwarf, with his hands full of parchments, and his 
(see lighted with fiendish joy and lurid with diabolical Rre. The 
light being at his neck, a more infernal " transparency " never 
startled mortal eye. With the word, the awful imp huried 
parchment at the astonished headii below. Down came records, 
like wounded wild-ducks ; some collapsed, others fluttering, and 
others spread out and wheeling slowly down in airy circles. 
They had hardly settled, when again the sepulchral roar was 
heard — " Parchment ! — ^parchment I " and down pattered and 
sailed another flock of documents ; another followed : they 
whitened the grass. Finally, the gre-headed imp, with his light 
body and homy hands, slid down the rope like a falling star, and 
(business before sentiment) proposed to his rescued brother an 
immediate settlfnent for the merehandise he had just delivered. 

"Hush! "said Gerald; "you speak too loud. Gather them 
up, and follow us to a safer place than this." 

"Will you not come htxne with me, Gerard?" said little 
Kate. 

" I have no home." 

"You shall not say so. Who is more welcome than yon will 
be, after this cruel wrong, to your fsther's house ? " 

« Father I I have no &ther," said Gerard sternly. " He that 
waa my father is turned my gaoler. I have escaped from his 
bands ; I will never come witmn i eir reach again." 

" An enemy did this, and not our father." 

And she told him what she had overheard Cornells and 
70 



THF. OLOtSTER AND THE HEARTH 
Sybwndt wy. But the iniurr w« too recent tc, !>■ »^i.^ 

their'^^th'^.^T'" ■". *"" '" ™" "»' •»« 'I"*- ■"« 
more ^N ^ ^\ '"T" " '""« "''"'= : >»' "»y •■""« do no 
hidiir-t „Lh .'V" '*"'««"« the burgon.Mter.uthoriU,or 

H. 1... _ Vl. "' """■ ' «■"» Wk M>n. 1 am hi« Driuner 

"here"l''K:;r-, .L:!r'LP'*^ ?:'"''■ "•«-'' thfE^irrh 
Whil. .Vr ' !'"' "*"* honert^, «nd wu put In nrison 

y» Ui!t.;;^""'" "^ '«« "> --"™. '•"-'«" tCsr. 

"Oh, Oeratrf ! Gen.nl ! " 

K.,eto„ed quickly towjiri, •>" " L.t me l«,k .t 

inese are comfortable words." sobbed IC«t^ Ti.«. i i 
Ine UD slw ui#t 111 i'i.*i »i , "00060 iLtte. IIictj look- 

^i^^ X^'hut' -^j«^^- - 'ttT.^ rth„-i 

«d^L'iS h« l„"n^"* ""^ ««-'"' "»■«> ««•»«•■• *ter, 
■ong^^ortL^ ""■'•" "^ ^ *" "»• K'"^' ™« often I 

'■^^r.^if'""'"'"' ^J""^- " W''/ '^« "hat fa not oun, ? • 
Uh, spoil an enemy how you can ' 

" hL^Z ?h^^ rV?"'" **'» » '«"«»'« «" fr«h violence ? " 
How can they ? Think you I shall stay i„ Tergou X/this > 

"Oh, fief GeninL" 

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ir 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HKAHTH 

" What ! Is life worth more tluii liberty ? Well, I c»ii't take 
hit life, M I take the firat thing that comei to hand. " 

H' gjive (iileM n few small coins, with which the urchin was 
gladdened, and shulfied after his sister. Marga><t and Gerard 
were speedily joined by Martin, and away to Sevenbergen. 



I^' 



CHAPTER XII 

Gkysbricht V.\k SwirriN kept the key of Gerard's prison in his 

rcb. He waited till ten of the clock ere h- visited him ; for 
said to himielt, "A little hunger sometiii^cx does well; it 
breaks '. n. " At ten he crept up the stairs with a loaf and 

f>itclu.r, followed by his trusty servant well armed. Ghysbrecht 
istened at the door. Therr was no sound inside. A grim smile 
stole over his features. " By this time he will be as down-hearted 
as Albert Koestein was," thought he. H ; opened the door. 

\o Gerard. 

Ghysbrecht stood stupefied. 

Although his face was not visible, his body seemed to low; all 
motion in so peculiar a way, and then after a little he fell a 
trembling so, that the servant behind him saw there was some- 
t;i;-'g amiss, and crept close to h<m and peeped over his shoulder. 
A'w Li|^ht of thf. empty cell, and the rope, and iron bar, he uttered 
a loud (.xclamation uf .ouder; but his surprise doubled when 
his master, disregarding all else, suddenly flung himself on his 
knees before the empty chest, and felt wildly all over it with 
quivering hands, as if unwilling to trust his eyes in a matter so 
important. 

The servant gazed at him in utter bewilderment 

" Why, master, what is the matter .' " 

Ghysbreeht's pale lips worked as if he was going 1.0 answer ; 
but they uttered no sound ; his hands fell by his side, and he 
stared into the chest. 

" Why, master, what avails glaring into that empty boa } The 
lad is not there. See here ' Note the cunning of the young 
rogue ; he hath tiixn out the bar, and " 

"GONE! GONE! GONE!" 

"Gone! What is gone.' Holy saints ! he is planet-struck." 

" STOP THIEF ! " shrieked Ghysbrecht, and suddenly turned 

on his servant and collared him, and shook him with rage. 

" D'ye stand there, knave, and see your maater robbed ? Run ! 

Ry ! A hundred crowns to him that finds it me again. No, no .' 

7S 



.., „ '"" '^'-"'STEH AND THF, HEARTH 

'v.r would k„l he. lt"„Toll 7.?' ."Pi"" '"•■•'«• '<™« 

" *Vh.t i, lost, .„»,Ter > ■■ t Vl" ■""""rinB " L<«t ! lo.t ! ■• 
" House «„d Uu, 1^.1 i"* "" "" • ■•"' •"ndl /, 
wrjing hi. h.nd' fre","*' «°^ """«' «^"«d Ghy.b«cht, «,d 

TM '^^l" "^"I "ie servant 

«n «i;a're:;',^„rt""V''f.'"''' -^ ««" -'•""y. »t™ek 

" ' h.»e lost the town » ,'' ,^" ""'""' '^"-''"g- 
Oh, i, th.t all > " *'" ""■■ • hen-roost. 

^vi;.fwi.rtL'rih'L.":^h:;!'h^,''r'^''T '•^- '^ -' 

.'•;' hundred crowns to h,™ 1, ^''H™'-' ''""t ou'. amin, 

«"nd, ^I that were in t J Z. If'*"" T'"'" ""■";■" 
nothing." " """ •»«• If one be missing, I give 

r?' s«'"^-oi r^heJe'c^r.^'?',-"-' - '" "^ 

"etse^hin, for the thS' """ ™"'"""« '» Gerard's house, .„J 

";«t. ''so,'afhU^athSf',;o"V^- i'"">eft. I forgot 
below, where the toad, are .Ind.r. ^f *"?; '" ""^ ''"''^™'' 
■»ust never see daylight ag^„"j-i^,."'"- P"'*^''. ">at ma., 

-t::^nh^'Tol;■:';s^t,^^r.:L"^^^^ -" ••''- -"-"les 

fwnic-stricLen CatheTnc 'I™' •<1<^<1 ymng Gemrd of the 

brilkt^htrt.''" '"' """' "">'■■• -'« »he; "that boy vil, 

M^tr:ir:::^,\^n;?'>.;^MDieHch. ..He hath 

less; but the bureomasler il^^ "rchmeut, in a fi„lic doubt- 
».fe keeping, so hf "?„'" ^ X;:;r«^''= «» 'h-, burgh fbr the ,■ 
».M doubtless be quit for a "p„^"^d";.™ ' " "" "'<= Jouth, 1„. 

h" d.u7htr'wTmorr'''''^!^ "^^^ ™ Catherine- bu. 
-^^^edb3rS.I;L^=--^;^on;_J^ 



I 



THB CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

niertch ,h,.w«l the moment he lejmed (ierud w« not .t 

home, hiul not iK-en .t home th«t niuhl. wutina 

..r.™e »w.y then," -Kl he rouahhr. ''^e "« •"•tu,« 

lime." He .dded vehemently, "111 Bnd him If he i. .hove 

""ASeelion .h«TKn. the wit,, .nd often it """-*■-•'"»; 
eent pern-.. m..ri th.n » m.lrh for the wll>^ As Dierieh w«s 
«„i„g'o.,t, K.te made h.m « ,iR.»l *he ''?''l'' »S''' T** '^^. 
prlv.lely. Hv h«le his men go on, .ikI w.lted out.kle thi 
door. She joined him. r-.^trf hu 

" Huih!" «ld «he; "my mother knows nut. t-erutl hM 

left Tergou. ■ 
"How?" 

" I MW him iMt night." 
" Ay ! Where ? " eried Dierich eagerly. 
" At the foot of the hmunted tower." 

'.•.KtT^ttl.Tw^ my hrotherO.™. h^e n. 

rt:tr;ii^\i:r™TwCr:^rof^w 

rimprneS him, he vowed never to «t foot m It^n^ Let 
the imrgomasttr be content, then. He >««'™P^"f „*■'"; 
„d he L driven him fiom hi, hIrthpUee and fi™n hi. native 
land. What need now to rob him «id u» of »"' K°« ""' ' , 
Thi» might at another moment have ,truek D'f =h » g«- 
K.,»e; b..t :.e w.» too mortified at thin ewmpe of Gerard and 
the loss of a hmidrcd crownn. .... ui„.,i„ 

"What need had he to .teal?' ''»":'':' ^J"."'r7"it, the 
"(;en,rd ,tole not the trash; he but ««* '"JfJ'f„ iKe 
burgomaster, who stole hi, liberty; but he .hall ""T" , ° '^,^ 
Ouke for it, he shall. A, for these .kms of parchment yo 

keep s"h a coil <^^"^- '"«* '" *« ""™"* '"" "' '"'' 
•«» odds but yon find them. • !•• a„j rxirioh's 

"Think ye so, mistress '-think ye »<i? And Oiencns 
eyes flashed. " Mayhap you know 'tis so 

"This I know, that Gerard is too good to steal, and too wise 
to load himself with rubbish, going » Jo«"".y- , „ j^^ 

"Give you good day, then," said Diench "^""W- J"^' 
sheepskin you Scorn. I value it more th«. the skin of any he in 
Tergou." 

And he V . nt off hastily on a false »eent. 

Kate returned into the house and drew Gi^ "Kle- 

"Giles, my heart mis-ives me ; breathe not to « «»' '»"' ' 
^y to you. I have told Dirk Brower that Genud is out ol 
Holland, but much I doubt he is not a league from lergou. 
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THE CLOISTBR ANO THE HEARTH 

" JJj'J'. "t>«rr l«hr. Ihtii ? ' 
- ", 1", "''""''' •"■ '"■ '"" '^"> •>" hi l<«<'«? But if K, he 
r/^ if- r J'T ■" 1"" "" """ «"' «5'Vcd"™„' 

(iSr^ Why«mln.,tl„.l .n,l .cUve lik... the, girl" 

%« 7 :■ «■■'.'•■'->" '•"•-'"fly ; "you .« »e,y .tJ^J^ 

™3^!^^^..^'^.^;.„^larhf;™!r;?^3 

would VTh^JSu ■^k' "*"''' ' "> "'""•' f»""* him. It 

.ite wTv'lT/^ '!"»' '"'' Pr"""^^ '» rid«= out of the town the opp„- 

Gil«^tlll'"' rru"* "•' '"■"»*•■■' 'he mule. Sh .h.«[ed 

I?.f?er^?/ '''°'' ^"' "'"'!i''K ■"="•««' "d "Mde . . . ,tSS 

ra" r-!!' ""'I'"'"',"" he could My it won) fo, rf.*^ 

iMt thing now in her ,»werfor her beloved brothe^-pmved on 
her knee, long Mid eamently for hi» wfety. P«yeo on 



CHAPTER Xril 

Gi«L»HD ud Miumret went gaily to Seveubergen in the first 
^ vM3!S'r"'^J"*i:*-'' "T" '""«f"' "dventL. But the" 

K.nd mJ he 'etaken and perhaps punished; alul therefor J 
he and Margaret would have to part for a time. Moreover he 
hri conceived a hatred to hi, native pl«:e. MargareTwilhed 
^nl°, T"i '".! T""y Z" ' ^'-'l^' I^' •' 'he th^ght rf ht 

.»T^^^ '""!!« ""P"** ""'y "-y '^■' desire to viSluly, 

.ml h>. .trong conviction that there he should earn money and 

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Ill 






THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAilTH 

tepiitation, aiid remove every obstacle to their marriage. He 
had already told her all thai the demoiselle Van Eyck had said 
to him. He repeated it, and reminded Margaret that the gold 
pieces were only given him to go to Italy with. The journey 
was clearly for Gerard's interest. He was a craftsman and an 
artist, lost in this boorish place. In Italy they would know how 
to value him. On this ground above all the unselfish girl gave 
her consent ; but many tender tears came with it, and at that 
Gerard, young and loving as herstlf, cried bitterly with her, and 
often they asked one another what they had done, that so many 
different persons should be their enemies, and combine, as it 
seemed, to part them. 

They sat hand in hand till midnight, now deploring their hard 
fate, now drawing bright and hopeful pictures of the future, in 
the midst of which Margaret's tears would suddenly flow, and 
then poor Gerard's eloquence would die away in a sigh. 

The morning found them resigned to part, but neither had 
the courage to say when ; and much I doubt whether the hour 
of parting ever would have struck. 

But about three in the afternoon, Giles, who had made a 
circuit of many .niles to avoid suspicion, rode up to the door. 
They both ran out to him, eager with curiosity. 

"Brother Gerard," cried he, in his tremendous tores, "Kate 
bids you run for your life. They charge you with theft ; you 
have given them a handle. Think not to explain. Hope not 
for justice in Tergou. The parchments you took, they are but 
a blind. She hath seen your de-".. in the men's eyes; a pnce 
is on your head. Fly ! For Margaret's sake and all who love 
you, loiter not life away, but fly ! " 

It was a thunder-cbp, and left two white faces looking at one 
another, and at the terrible messenger. 

Then Giles, who had hitherto but uttered by rote what 
Catherine bade him, put in a word of his own. 

" All the constables were at our house after you, and so was 
Dirk Brower. Kate is wise, Gerard. Best give ear to her rede, 
(ind flv>" 

"Oil, yes, Gerard," cried Margaret wildly. "Fly on the 
instant. Ah! those parchments; my mind misgave me: why 
did I let you take them ? " ...» 

" Margaret, they are but a bUnd : Giles says so. No matter : 
the old caitiff shall never see them again ; I will not go till I 
have hidden his treasure where he shall never find it" Gerard 
then, after thanking Giles warmly, bade him farewell, «nd told 
him to go back and tell Kate he was gone. "For I shidl be 
sone ere von reach home," said he. He then shouted U<: 
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gone ere you reach home, 



Ul 



THE CLOISTEB AND THE HEARTH 

men, I «ill shoot an >m,w into th!. i. I"""'." ""'y »'■ *>'» 
garden; and „n that^„u™*t ™° inf„ ^ V" "l" " '" °"' 
meet me at the weird hunW 'IS^ '"'*''' """l by. «nd 

through the w,^ •■ "' 'P""«- Then I will guide vou 

we'?ri"Ma"Lre"trd w^n ""^-^ '>™«'«' •««'■>■ He 
blingly, fearing ^^n-ml^nfto'tr*"''''' '^' '»^-*'«« "«"- 

jn^:^sr;^;:&^S3^?^£er, 

re«l thil- """''' J""-^ »' •>!«. said Oerard. -I will 

-^i ;i ir«srw;;^ranT:^r«T "^-'>- 

.« begtoning to fall, and the 0^ Wer ■•' ""' """""^ "' ™'" 

ln.orbi:ran'd%t»'^trrr'''- \P- *e deed 
stamped it down. While thn,%^^ !? T" ">'' '"'"'"- »nd 

, His worfs proved true Th; t^„Jt ^^""^ ^^™ «"ni>W on.- 
till it o-a^hed overhear the flashe "111 '^"'a "^'^^ '"^Searer 
like the stmkes of a whip and the ^°7» °"" """""^ ''^'^^ 
garet hid her face not toie the 1.^^ -n torrents. Mar- 

P"t up the rough shutter and lilht^H "^ .?" "^' Ge«rd 
consulted togetht, and Gera "l bkss'd .h" T'"'V "^^ '"^^^ 
a fet- hours more with .Mar^ret Th. '"■"" """ K'"'^ him 
.tiU the thunder pealed 3the liSJtnin" f "T-^^ed- and 
poured Supper was set, but Gerfrf ,"§ "i^'"^''' ""<' "«^ 'ain 
eat: the thought that this was th/1. f t T"*' «'"''' "ot 
together ehoked them. The^m, ^ n 'T^'^ey should sup 
to rest. ButGemrfwJJo^oT^tVff'- ^'"■^^'eS 
nor Margaret could afford to W Llf^ 'f """^ "^''^er he 
» while, too ; for he was fittinl ^^ '" ''^«P' Martin sat 

in which he w "very nte "« " "*" '«»« to his tew, a matter 

suddeTthT:sr„ ts rsrr^H "■"l'-- "-'••^ -im. 

They we« quiet and ltte„^^ ^LT^^° ""T *" '«' «'««. 
■- moment a%.tstep e'3v:r„1,;"!:^„X''ilm„"tt';: 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

that Uy >t»wli in the jjarJtn at the back door of the house. 
I'o those who had nothini; to fear buch a step would have said 
nothing i but to those who had enemies it was terrible. For it 
was a root trying to be noiseless. 

Martin fitted an arrow to his string and hastily blew out the 
candle. At this moment, to their horror, they heald more than 
one footstep approach the other door of the cottage, not quite 
so noiselessfy as the other, but very stealthily — and then a dead 
pause. 

Their blood froze in their veins. 

"Oh, Kate ! oh, Kate ! You said fly on the instant" And 
Margaret moaned and wrung her hands in anguish and terror 
and wild remorse for having kept Gerard. 

" Hush, girl ! " sai<l Martin, in a stem whisper. 

A heavy knock fell on the door. 
Ami on the hearts within. 



CHAPTER XIV 

As if this had been a concerted signal, the back door was struck 
as rudely the next instant. They were hemmed in. But at 
these alarming sounds Margaret seemed to recover some share 
of self-possession. She whispered, "Say he rms here, but is 
gone." And with this she seized Gerard and almost dragged 
him up the rude steps that led to her father's sleeping-room. 
Her own lay next beyond it. 
The blows on the door were repeated. 
" Who knocks at this hour ? " 
" Open, and you will see ! " 

" I open not to thieves — honest men are all abed now." 
" Open to the kw, Martm Wittenhaagen, or you shall rue it" 
" Why, that is Dirk Brewer's voice, I trow. What make you 
so far from 'X'ergou ? ' ' 

"Open, and you will ki.ow." 

Martin drew the bolt very slowly, and in rushed Dierich and 
four more. They let in their companion who was at the back- 
door. 

" Now, Martin, where is Gerard Eliassoen ? " 
" Gerard Eliassoen ? Why, he was here but now ? " 
" Was here ? " Uierich's countenance fell. " And where is 
be now ■' " 

7« 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

Ill such « storm as this I ■ *^ °"^ "°* ">"' he went 

temX.^ "Tt'nf.i.tTthe'r^"'" .""^ «"«- — 
poolly by the fire, proeeedS to whi„ ' i"** '''"°K '^««' 

bowstring at the E whe,l % h P • ?"", ^^^ "'"' ~""<' hi. 
;,rU teU you," safdTe c.«Tes^J„' "'?,V^ ""= »■"- f'-f it 
fiile^-Hi little misbegotten ton in hL °^' ^''" ^'' ''«>«'" 
"me tearing over he^™, K' T^ »"'* ""»»•' Well, he 
was t«, fer*o(rto heTr°heratl:" "r'^. ™' -mething, I 
Anyway he started GerlS It " " *°"''' ,'"" ""'^ "« »"'«• 
was such ervino- „,wl VT^- "* '™"' "» ''e was gone then- 

•iT.eyd„'tel7m7he'"l^'„rfo,UK. t" ^""^""^ *^"' ««" 
that is, for 1 dont • lt«ly-mayhap you know where 

Th^re'"™ noXXr TJr" """ '"*" ■" ""» —-.t. 

theb„rgo;asterl°Xould'be°'''£e;et'^%-'th I told 
Peter Buyskens' mule from Seve„ber«.en.Th ^T'^ «»"''P'"K 
imp to Genud,' says he ■«, then r _.^''^^' ''"' ^™t that 
'Ah, master!- say, I ''tis tJl ,'.""' '" "' S^venbergen,' 
thought of Seven^berW before t^teT' , ^" '^'^^'^ ^«'« 
hunting all the odd <«mere of Te^^^ of wasting our tune 
ments that we shall „™er find^K fi"^ '.'T' """^ P<«h- 
•em. If he wa, at Sevenber^n • J","^ "^ """ *h«t took 
dwarf to him, it must Ce^"' J""*^ [' '""<' 'h-'y sent the 
He is leagues away by 1^" '„",hT' ^""7'= T '«" '""• 
ficed girl ! she has outwiti^'usT^rfL . '^"'"'' 'hit ehalk. 
burgomaster, but he would not h^. ' "^ ™ "°''' «he 

"Pteee, that Is aU we shall get, rS^tJ^Tv t^™! ■•'' "'' >*" 
Martm grinned coolly inUSSl^fat'"" •""• 

we "u::S thlt^usl"" ''""• " "• ""'»« ">- hurgomaster, 
Martin turned grave direetly. 

fle^rtTent"'""'^""" ■"" ■-« —P' tterich. He re- 

.h™"h'i.'*^V,!Sr'"' ""' "-•'■"«' '^^ -«". foUowed by 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

M»rtin was left alone. „ , , n » «_. . 

The stout soldier hung his he«i. All h«l gonew weU »t Brst , 
«,d now this fetal tum ! Suddenly it occurrrf to him that 
" w« not yet lost. Gerarf must be either inPeter . «om or 
i.r<wef.! they were not so very high ftom the ground 
Ge«^,voild Jap out. Dierich had le^ a >»«• , ^elow ; but 
what then ? For fcalf a minute Gerard and he would ne two to 
one, and in that brief space, what might not be done ? 

Martin then held the baek door ajar '''I'l, *«t*f „ J^^ 
light shone in Peter's room. " Curse the fo„l ! said he, .she 
iroing to let them take him Uke a girl ? 

The light now passed into Mkrgarefs bedroom. SUll no 
window wt openedl^Had Gerard totend=d to escape that w^, 
ITZm not'have waited till the men were in the room. 
Vlartip saw that at once, and left the door, and came to the foot- 
;to and listened. He began to think Gerard »•"";»« 
escaned by the window while all the men were m the house. 
TheTonger the silence continued, the stronger grew th,s convic- 
tion. But it was suddit iy and rudely dis"p«ted. 

Faint crys i»ued from the inner bedroom— Margaret s. 
"They have Uken him," groaned Martta ; "tTiey have got 
him." 

It now Bashed across Martin's mind that if they took Gerard 
awav to l^was not worth a button; and that if «.l befell 
hTn?'Cg.«t's heart would break. He c«,t his eyes wildly 
round like some savage beast seeking an escape and m a 
inkling fo^ed a resolution terribly characteristic of thoee 
ran ttoes and of a soldier driven to bay. He stepped to each 
Zr in turn, and imitating Dirk Browers voice, said sharply, 
"Watch tte window! " He then quietly closed and bolted 
boTh d«.rs. He then took up his bow and six arrows ; one he 
mted to^is string, the others he put into his quiver. His 
kn& he nUcedVlin a chair behind him, the hilt .-wards h.m ; 
^nd ther^ he waiTed at the foot of the stjur -th the cata 
, " r ,.„_ t„ -i-v those fcur men, or be slam by them. 
TwoTkntw hetl,ld dTpTof by his arrows, ere th^y could 
let iear htoTiid <Sr,rd aJThe mu/t take their chance hand-t.v 
get °'" "'"'"" ^i pair. Besides, he had seen men pamc- 
strtctX a sSeTaK of this sort Should Brower and 
hi" men hesitote but an instant before closing wi h hm^, he 
S^ouTd sholTthree instead of two, and then the odds would be 

""AeVafnottng to wait. The heavy steps sounded in Mar- 
garet's room, and came nearer Mid nearer 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAKTH 

The light also approached, and voicet 

Martin J heart, stout as it was, beat hard, to hear men coming 
thus to their death, and perhaps to his : more likely so than not • 
tor four is long odds in a battle field of ten feet square, and 
Oerard might be bound perhaps, and powerless to help. But 
this man, whom we have seen shake in his shoes at a GUes-o'- 
anthom, never wavered in this awful moment of real danger 
but stood there, his body all braced for combat, and his eve 
glowing equally ready to take life and lose it. Desperate 
game] to win which was exile instant and for life, and to lose 
It was to die that moment upon that floor he stood on. 

Dierich Brower and hi» men ibund Peter in his first sleep 
Ihey opened his cupboards, they ran their knives into an 
aUigator he had nailed tu his wall : they looked under his bed • 
It was a arge room, and apparently full of hiding places, but 
they found no Gerard. 

Then they went on to Margaret's room, and the very sight of 
It was discouraging— it was small and bare, and not a'cupboard 
in it ; there was, however, a large fireplace and chimney. 
Dierich s eye fell on these directly. Here they found tlie 
beauty of Seven jergen sleeping on an old chest not a toot high 
and no attempt made to cover it ; but the sheets were snowy' 
white, and so was Margaret's own linen. And there she lav 
iookuig like a lily fallen into a rut. 

Presently she awoke, and sat up in the bed, like one amazed ■ 
then, seeing the men, began to scream famtly, and nrav for 
mercy. '^ ^ 

She made Dierich Brower ashamed of his errand. 
" Here is a to^o," said he, a little confused. " We are not 
gomg to hurt you, my pretty maid. Lie you still and shut your 
eyes, ;nd think of your wedding-night, while 1 look up this 
chimney to see if Master Gerard is there." 
" Gerard ! in my room ? " 

"Why not? They say that you and he ' 

" Cruel ! you know they have driven him away from me— 
driven him from his native place. This is a blind. You are 
thieves ; you are wicki-d men ; vou are not men of Sevenbergen 
or you would know M., ^^Kt Brandt better than to look for her 
lover in this room of aU others in the yvorkl. Oh, brave ' Four 
great hulking men to come, armed to the teeth, to insult one 
poor honest girl ! The women that live in your own houses 
must be naught, or you would respect them too much to insult 
a girl of good character." 

" There ! come away, before we hear worse," said Dierich 
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hastily. " He is not in thp chimney. I'lnster will mend what 
n cudgel breaks ; but a woman's tongue i« a dtmblc-edged 
dagger, and a girl is a woman with her mother's milk still in 
her." And he beat a hasty retreat " I told the burgomaster 
how 'twould be." 



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CHAPTER XV 

Where is the womnn that cannot aet a part ? Where is she 
who will not do it, luid do it well, to save the man she loves .' 
Nature on these great occasions comes to the aid of the simplest 
of the sex, and teaches her to throw dust in Solomon's eyes. 
The men had no sooner retired than Marg -et stepped out of 
bed, and opened the long chest on which she had been lying 
down in her skirt and petticoat and stockings, and night-dress 
over all ; and put the lid, bed-clothes and all, against the wall : 
then glided to the door and listened. The footsteps died away 
through her father's room and down the stairs. 

Now in that chest there was a peculiarity that it was almost 
impossible for a stranger to detect. A part of the boarding of 
the room had been broken, and Gerard being applied to to 
make it look neater, and being short of materials, had inge- 
niously sawed away a space sufficient just to- admit Margaret's 
sMlimnt bed, and with the materials thus acquired he had 
repaired the whole room. As for the bed or chest, it really 
rested on the rafters a foot t?low the boards. Consequently it 
was full two feet deep, thougji it looked scarce one. 

All was quiet. Margaret kneeled and gave thanks to 
Heaven. Tlien she glided from the door and leaned over the 
chest, and whispered tenderly, "Gerard !" 

Gerald did not reply. 

She then whispered a little louder, "Gerard, all is safe, 
tnank Heaven ! You may rise ; but oh ! be cautious ! " 

Gerard made no reply. 

She laid her hand upon his shoulder — " Gerald ! " 

No reply. 

"Oh, what is this?" she cried, and her hands ran wildly 
over his face and his bosom. She took him by the shoulders : 
she shook him; she lifted him; but he escajied from her 
trembling hands, and fell tack, not like a man, but like a body. 
A great dread fell on her. The lid had been down. She had 
lain upon it The men had been some time in the room. 
With all the strength of frenzy she tore him out of the chest 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAHTH 

WM all mp nnii motiiuiless. She felt his heart. H^ILT^ 

No answer to words of love, such as ^ h«l never uttere.1 1.. 

I am verj-, ver- sony for what I have done.'' Then rf,el^„l 
suddenly to rave. " No ' no ' sueh n.i,^™. '""•he began 

know how I love hun.^ He does not , ''"er tSS'hST^ Vh" 

^r^ "TJd 'ir ' Jt ^'" - ''^■™«-^"t iro'hS'i 

drire.t"^.:;-1n H^er^:^— "an^-. - «'>«'^ -er w..d' 

^i::^ ^Hie-e^rt a«d^«s^!.-:'pet 

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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAKTH 



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CHAPTEB XVI 

Martin Wittinhaaoen, sUnding «l the foot of the stain with 
his arrow drawn nearly tu the head and his knife behind him, 
was struck with amaiement to see'' Ihe men come back without 
Gerald : he lowered his bow and looked open-mouthed at them. 
They, for their part, were equally puslled at the attitude they 
had caught him in. j i. ^ 

"Why, mates, was the old fellow making ready to shoot 

»t ""?" , . „, 

"Stuff!" said Martin, recovering his stoUd composure: 1 
was but trying my new string. There ! Ill unstring my bow, 
ifyou think that." , i , »u, 

"Humph!" said Dierich suspiciously, "there is something 
more in you than I undersUnd : put a log on, and let us dry lur 
hides a bit ere we go." 

A blaiing fire was sotin made, and the men gathered round it, 
and their clothes and long hair were soon smoking from the 
cheerful bla«e. The:- it was that the shrieks were heard in 
Margaret's room. They all sUrted up, and one of them seited 
the candle and rau -o the steps that led to the bedrooms. 

Martin rose hastil too, and being confused by these sudden 
screams, and apprehending danger from the man's curiosity, tried 
to prevent him from going there. ... j 

At this Dierich threw his arms round him from behni , and 
called on the others to keep him. The man that had the candle 
got clear away, and all the rest fell upon Martin, and after a long 
and fierce struggle, in the course of which they were more than 
once all rolling on the floor, with Martin in the middle, they 
succeeded in mastering the old Samson, and binding him hand 
and foot with a rope they had brought for Gerard. 

Martin groaned aloud. He saw the man had made his way 
to Margaret's room during the struggle, and here was he 

" Ay, grind your teeth, you old rogue," said Dierich, panting 
with the struggle. " You shan't use lem." 

" It is my belief, mates, that our lives were scarce safe while 
this old fellow's bones were free." 

"He makes me think this Gerard is not far off, put in 
another. , . 

" No such luck," repUed Dierich. " Hallo, mates. Jon«n 
Ketel is a long Ume in that girl's bedroom. Best go and see 
after him, some of us." 

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when h«ty footrt.p, were h«rd runninK along nverhead 



CHAPTER XVII 

hH'I^Sn^""' "■"» «'^«'>t f Margaref, room, «,d there, to 
p«le and rnotionlcM, his brad in Margarets lap, and she kneel- 
.ng over lum mute now, «,d .tricken to stone Her eve, we« 
i n no'r i^'f' "'"'± "''"'" »" "■' ''«•" nor h^rd th" 
her lap "^ " °" ""*'' *"" "^ *•"'« '"' '" 

- wSv It* «*"'™''''. "» «ndl<= "haking in >.is hand. 
» hy, where was he, then, a!l the time ? '• 

and iXe't'eS'^' h'"?L"°'- '°"''" "«"' '» "« '"Pty chest 
l^A ^^ f '•, "• '*«'" »" comprehend. The girrs dumb 
and trozen despair moved him. * 

"This is a sorrj- sight," said he ; " i" is a black niuhts wrrk ■ 
M for a few skins ! Better have gone with us th»*so She is 
"^e'ZkT* "'''{^' """^''- '''"P-' "=' "» try whetherl!!!^" 
an"nat tt Tc * 1 '" """u "''T"' °° >"««" 'h«. his hand, 
and put It to Gerard s mouth and nostrils, and held it there 
VV hen he withdrew it, it was dull. 
"■ruERE IS UK m MiH !" said Jorian Ketel to himself 
Margaret caught the words instantly, though only muttered 

rose »nd flung her arms round Jorian's neck. 

m„„,^^t i: >^ "" "fy '"'" "■«™'" ^'d Jorian : and in a 

nwment he ra.sed Gerard and laid him on the bed-clothes 

Sh\oh ";'' ™' " "J^^ ^' •^""^' "«• «"=d •>" hani twice 
with Sch.ed«m.e, and flung it sharply each time in Gerard's 
lace. The pungent liquor C(w.perated «ith his recovery— he 

f^ould I. 7^ ""' *'Z' ^."!. ^'"'" '*°PP«'- ■'"'''""S for fear she 
s..ould hurt him She had lost nl' confidence in herself 

That IS right-let him alone," said Jorian; "don't go 
cuddling him as y„„ did me, or you'll drive hi, breath back 
■Mt.im. Let him alone: he u sure to come to. 'Ti«n't u>- „ if 
lie was an old man." — ■" n 

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nenrd Mghed deci>ly, nnrt n faint streak nf cnloiir stole to hit 
lim. Jorian made for the tloor. He had hardly reached it, 
when he found hli legs wiied from behind. 

It waa Margaret ! She curled luund his knees like u serpeiit, 
and kissed his hand, and fawned nn him. " You won't te'l .> 
You have saved his life ; yon have not the heart tu thrust him 
back into his gmve, to undo your own gOfl<l work .■* " 

" No, no ! It is not the llrst time I have done you two a goial 
turn ; 'twas 1 told you in the church whither wc had to take 
him. Besides, what is Dirk Brower to mer III see him 
hanged ere I'll tell him. But i wish you'd tell me where the 
parchments are ! 1'here are a hundred crowns oH'ered for them. 
That would he a good windfall for my Joan and the chtlureu, 
you l.now." 

" Ah ! they shall have those hundred crowns." 

" What ! are the things in the house ? " asked .loriau eagcrlpr. 

"No; but I know where they are; and by (iod and St. 
Bavon I swear you shall have them tu-morrow. Come to nie. 
for them when you wdl, but come alont." 

" I were mad else. What ! share the hundred crowns with 
Dirk Brower ? And now may my bones rot in my skin if I let 
A soul know the poor boy is here. ' 

He then ran oif, lest by sUying long'.-r he should excite 
■uiplcion, and have them all after him. And Margaret knelt, 

Quivering from head to foot, and prayed Sieside Gerard and for 
leranl. 

" What is to do ? " replied Jorian to Dierich Brower's query ; 
" why, we have scared the girl out of her wits. She was in a 
kind of lit." 

" We had better all go and doctor her, then. ' 

"Oh, yes! and frighten her into the churchyard. Her 
father is a doctor, and I have roused him, and set him to brin^ 
her round. Let us see the lire, will ye ^ " 

His ofl'-hand way disarmed all suspicion. And soon after the 
party agreed that the kitchen of the " Three Kings " was much 
warmer than Peter's house, and they departed, having Hrsl 
untied Martin. 

"Take note, mates, that 1 was right, and the burgoma.ster 
wrong," said Dierich Brower at the door ; " I said we should be 
too late to catch him, and we were too late." 

Thus Gerard, in one terrible night, grazed the prison anil 
the grave. 

And how did he get clear at last? Not by his cunningly 
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iuvrd'hi.'''Hr"L'i:Tr' ""--"'"''^ how tenccnrr 

«fe, not dse. ,-^ni ™lS^t7 ,'?"'"' "Il ^''"' ' ^"'^ y" «"= 



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THE rU>l8TER AND THP, HKAHTM 
.11 other IroublM uremed light u tir. While Iherr i» life there 
I. hope I while therr i. hop.- there I. joy ><ei«in.tion for « yeiir 
or two, wh.t wa. U lo thein, who wer- w ) tmiiK. «»•! hui c.ughl 
. gllmpK of the grmve f The future wu bright, the prrwnt w.h 
hnven i «o nuwd the bllMful houn. , . . i 

AlH ! their Innocence ran other ri.k. benlde. the pri»on »ii.l 
the grmve They were In moul lUiiger from iheir own he»rt», 
Hid their Ineiperlence, now th»t vlilble danger there wm none. 



CHAPTER XVII! 

Ghvwucht Van Swictw could not .leep all night for .nxietv. 
He WM ttnid of thunder and lightning, or he would have ni»de 
one of the partjr th.t .Mrched Peter'. hou«. A. won « the 
>torm ce«ed .(together, he crept dowi,.trir>«ddledh ^ulc 
«,d rode to the "Three King. " .t hcvcnhergen. There he 
found hi. men .leeping, «.nie on the chain., wmc on the UblM, 
wme on the floor. He .ouwd them furiou. y, and heard the 
.tor>- of their un^uccewful warch. Interlarded with pralw ol 

their wsal. .. _, i ,1. 

" Fool ! to let you go without me, cne<i ir 
" My Ufe on't he wa« there all the time. Lookeu 
girl'.bed?" 

" No ; there was no room for a man there. 

" How know ye that, if ye kwked not ? .narlcd Oh, .breeht 
"Ye .hould have looked under her bed, and in it too, and 
Munded M the panels with yoar knive.. tome now, get up, 
and 1 Hhall .how ye how to search." „ ., - , ,.• 

Dierich Brower got up anil «hook himself: "If you find hmi, 
call me a horse and no man." 

In ■> few minutes Peter's house was again surrounded. 
The fiery old mm left his mule in tlie haiid.H of Jonnn hrtei, 
and, with Dierioh Brower and the others, entered the hous*. 
The house was empty. , 

Not a creature to be s^en, not even Peter, 'hey »ent 
upstairs, and then suddenly one of the men gave « "hout «nd 
pointed through Peter's window, which was open. The others 
looked, and there, at some little distance, walking quietly across 
the fields with Margar i and Martin, was the man they sought. 
Ghysbrecht, with an exulting yell, descended the sta^n and 
flung himself on his mule ; and he and hi. men set off in hot 
pursuit. 



gomaHter. 
iinder the 




Ill 

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MAKCARET TRIED To PROIKCT GERARD UV CUSPING HIM 



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CHAPTER XIX 

niii^nif kL • . .1 ^ ' """ '" '""^ ">e country and elude 

hed" • "' '" "'' ^*«^ «■* "-e folk here quit their 

him for fhe joumly "^ "°*'""« ''"' » ^'™' ""k ^taff Peter gave 
waf "^S'V^il^^te.T aTfar'^'^h""" 'T^'^r'''- '"' ">« -^ 

thiway *'"' *'^' '"""ning with terror aU 

Ghysbrecht and his mm were in hot pursuit 
folW^rAj^rgTre"' ex'I^p^e"" Tr""^"' ''"^'" """ «-"* 

hea^Cul^de'd^'^frh^prat Ma^'^"'"r 'T'' "l^ '""='' 
But an unforeseen danger attacked them The (ierv „M 

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(ihysbrechl in his Hnlour forgot tliBt hunted a«imiils timi on 
the hnnter; ami that U\t> men ean h.itc, anil two can long to 
kill the thing they hate. 

iTistead of attempting lo dodge him, as the l.nrgomaster 
made sure he would, Gerartl flew right at him, with a savage, 
exulting cry, and struck at hiin with all his heart and soul mid 
strength. The oak staff came down on Ohysbrecht s tace with 
a frightful crash, and laid him under his mole's tail beatnig the 
devil's tattoo with his heels, his face streaming, and his collar 
•pattcretl with blood. 

•I'he next moment, the Uiree were in the wood. I he yell ot 
dismay .md vroieance thai burst from Ghysbrecht's men at that 
terrible blow which felled their leiuler told the fugitives that 
it was now a race for life or de,ith. 

" Why run ? " cried (ierard, panting. " Vou have your bow, 
and I have this, " luid he shook his bloody staff. 

<• Boy • •■ roared Martin ; " the GALLOWS ! BoUow me, 
and he fled into the wood. Soon they heard a cry like a pack 
of hounds opening on sight of the game. The men were m the 
wood and saw them flitting amongst the trees. Margaret 
moaned and panted as she ran ; and Gerard clenched his teeth 
and grasped his staff The next minute they came to a stift 
hazel coppice. Martin dashed into it, and shouldered the 
young wood aside as if it were staiiduig corn. 

Ere they had gone flfty yards in it they came to four blind 

'^M^n took one. " Bend low," said he. And half-creeping 
they glided along. Presently their path was again mtersected 
with other little tortuous paths. They took one of them. It 
seemed to lead back ; but it soon took a turn, and, after awhile, 
brought them to a thick pine grove, where the walking was 
good and hard. There were no paths here ; and the young fir- 
trees were so thick, you could not see three yards before your 

When they had gone some way in this, Martin sat down ; 
and, havuig learned in war to lose all impression of danger with 
the danger itself, took a piece of bread and a slice ot ham out 
of his wallet, and began quietly to eat his breakfast. 

The yomig ones looked at him with dismay. He replied to 
their looks. ... . 

" All Sevenbergen could not find you now ; you wdl \ose 
your purse, Gerard, long licf.ire you get to Italy; is that the 
way to carry a purse ? " 

Gerard looked, and there was a large triangular purse, en- 
tangled by its chains to the buckle and strap of his waUet 
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it h«l l,ec„„,e rnextilAnt"' n'"'' 'hrcgh th. coppice 
•■ It seems loath ?o We i^,™f^'' "'J'' "'""f '"«' '"'■^''le. 
Iwse with his knife Th' ™'' ^"^' «'"' '"^ ''"'I '" <^"t " 

well provide wih suvt':'2'°„rfr''""TP"'^''' '» ""^ 

"PpearancewasKreatlvoMinrr "^ »'' «"«'»1 l'"t it. bl™.te<l 
paper folded and Zhled^.V |,Vh?r''r °^?"''"^' "^ ''"""' 
it must be that old th V ''§''"""•»*"" <ierard. "Why, 
deceive the JoWd!" *""*"' ""'' «^* ' "'"«''■'' »»h p«,«r tu 

Ge™,."""''" "-"^ •">- "•« '."W-mHster's purse ean,e o„ 

hav^lJeef at Vi'ht briVfL'^f V^"'"''"','- , • ''"^ P"- •""»' 
Ids enemy, ha,l un™n,H™, ^"'f «-'"">'. »"<! < Gerard rushing at 

enemy a„5'r„bbin7'i;;rw™fas'rn«,..-UT:^' '"•' "='""« -^ 

'h.y call you a tl&f''7tllte!frT" '*''= " ''"^■''- ^'-«''> 

^poillaXll^ri^.-hSrie'Lm'" '"'^' ' "°' " ''''"'■ ^hi^ i^ 
" Why, of couree Sn,Jl I^ t" 'i"''^- '" '' ""'• Martin ? ' 
will^ J the P^^rttot-Ltri^;^— ..-"••- -• y- 
>«.d Vrre'd thf '^"riVH^™ "- «-"« «" " distant 
for that if we take wha'^tnTt o.li^^""- ""^ -' - "-t- 
But Gerard saw it in a different light. 

eheri:h"it";3i4^";..«'-V;,r ^y <• -.ra.,., and , shall 
favoured people siSthrFjn* P'™" y"""-. "Thus the 

wiser than 1 am. Vou V «„i, I'^T' ''""■Wy ; "you are 
■™™-7 voice; "l°it;or„^t!:"^r4;o ,"' ^'■^' '" " '"" 

They recurred to hTm™'nt tim^Sel ^r'" *,'"■ u""= ""'""="'• 
prised him less. " "ft^™"")*. «n.l then they sur- 

the wayf into ie depths'' ofTh^ h""'' f '"""'• ■^''"^"' '^"'"'■ff 
went, the rao,e^Ib«oC ° f "*''' ' '''^ ''''^''" *'«'y 

the townspeol ^ve" v/ntTr T' P"'^"J' ""y ^'"- '"''<=ed 
part of the forest " '^■' *' "'''' """ tl'^ traokl.s. 

Impetuous natures renent nuicH^ r- i 
out of al, danger than ^^:Si.^:::l,;S Z. ^"""" 



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" Martin, would I hml not strnck quite so hard." 

" Whom ? Oh ! let that pass ; he is cheap served." 

" Martin, I saw his grey hairs as my stick fell on him. I 
doubt they will not from my si^ht this while." 

Martin grunted with contempt. "Who spares a badger for 
his git^y hairs? The greyer your enemy is, the older; and the 
older the craftier ; and the craftier the better for a little 
killing." 

" Killing } killing, Martin ? Speak not of killing ! " and 
Gerard shook all over. 

" I am much mistook if you have not," said Martin cheerfully. 

" Now Heaven forbid ! " 

" The old vagaljond's skull cracked like a walnut, aha ! " 

" Heaven and the saints forbid it ! " 

" He rolled off his mule like a stone shot out of a car' Said 
I to myself, ' There is one wiped out,' " and the iron ol-i ^oldier 
grinned ruthlessly. 

Gerard fell on his knees and began to pray for his enemy's 
life. 

At this Martin lost his patience. " Here's mummery. What ! 
you that set up for learning, know you not that a wise man 
never strikes his enemy but to kill him ? And what is all this 
coil about killing of old men ? If it had been a young one, 
now, with the joys of life waiting for him, wine, women, and 
pillage ! But an old fellow at the edge of the grave, why nol 
shove him in? Go be must, to-day or to-morrow; and what 
better place for grey-beards? Now, if ever I should be so 
mischancy as to last so long as Ghysbrecht did, and have to go 
on a mule's legs instead of Martin W ittenhaagen's, and a back 
like this (striking the wood of his bow), instead of this (striking 
the string), I'll thank and bless any young fellow who will 
knock me on the head, as you have done that old shopkeeper ; 
malison on his memory" 

" Oh, culpa mea ! culpa mea ! " cried Gerard, and smote upon 
his breast. 

" Look there ! " said Martin to Margaret scornfully, " he is n 
priest at heart still ; and when he is not in ire, St. Paul, what ;t 
milksop !" 

" Tush, Martin ! " cried Margaret reproachfully : then she 
wreathed her axu\^ round Geiard, and comforted him with the 
double magic of a woman's sense and a woman's voice. 

" Sweetheart ! " murmured she, " you forget : you went not a 

step out of the way to harm him, who hunted you to your death 

You fled from him. He it was who spurred on you. Then 

did you strike ; bu' in self-defence and a single blow, and with 

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THE CLOISTEK AND THE HEAHTH 

"•thst«ves„otonel.?^„ " hl„^*™ ''">"■ "'••■' been ™me« 
your enemy h« fallen it Hh^k' P' "° "™« '<»t ! If i"™ 
and by the^wiU of G^ •• '" "'""'«'' ^•'' »»>■ ".alice, no tyoM« 

'•?e:TC; ^re^l "'-^o- «-^ thinking sol- 
kill th«twick;dj,a„^.,™^-'ly'>'' have had 'he ™„;„.,,^ ,„ 
haste fr„„^H„„a„d. $1 r,r:,-«;l '« 'here that yo^ SyZi^ 

thanks^'o Martin"he.f a'S^^;;^-, ':/ '■^^■"'i"' ■"»"» vengeanee, 
whose eye pierce, the fo^t. "id S^ Tr" •• ""'y Him 1 fea 
tat struck in self-defence, trwdf,, ,t'' ■?'"'.°'' "''''■ 'f 1 

"What is it?" 

"Do you hear nothing, Marcaret • „. 

Margaret listened, and nZT^l'^hl i^"!" «'"'ni? "W " 
like a single stroke upon a deeo Z • u''?,"' » '""^f"' ««".d 
»o to Martin. '"'""'«P "nging bell. She described it 

" The one we passed " 

''wo^derfu7;.^ iid Var?f* ' . ^"" '«"' H^." 
- is it a.,Mng rSo™ :;^? » --^Wy »eer. " He «ks 
better place than this." ' ' " ™J' "'«, let us reach a 

,','^^hetter place— for what > " 

''''r.^*^"^^^'^'ih?elTr-„nT^ *•""-•" «~«'yi "and di'e 
What's that sound > " 

"Oh V!"^, AVENGER OF .CLOOD " 
"-"i, Martin ! save him r nh u^"'-'"- 

"^7,?;."'erious peril is this'> • ' ""■'' ^ "='^^''1 ■' What 

OIRL, ITS A BLOODHOUND." 



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CHAPTER XX 

The cou»ge, like the talent, of common men, runs in a narrow 
groove. Take them but an inch out of thai, and they are done. 
Martin's courage was perf-ct as far as it went. He had met and 
baffled many dangers in the course of his rude life, and these 
familiar dangers he could face with Spartan fortitude, almost 
with indifference ; but he hail never been hunted by a blood- 
hound, nor had he ever seen that brute's unerring instinct 
baffled by human cunning. Here then a sense of the super- 
natural combined with novelty to unsteel his heart. After going 
a fe* steps, he leaned on his liow, aud energy and hojie oozed 
out of him. Gerard, to whom the danger appeareil slight in 
proportion as it was distant, urged him to flight. 

" \S'hat avails it ? " said Martin sadly ; "if we get clear of 
the wood we shall die cheap; here, hard by, I know a place 
where we may die dear." 

" Alas ! good Martin, " cried Gerard, " despair not so quickly ; 
there must be some way to escape." 

" Oh, Martin ! " cried Margaret, ** what if we were to part 
company ? Gerard's life alone is forfeit. Is there no way to 
draw the pursuit on us twain and let him go safe ? " 

" Girl, you know not the bloodhound's nature. He is not on 
this man's track or that ; he is on the track of blood. My life 
on't they have taken him to where Ghysbrecht fell, and from 
the dead man's blood to the man that shed it that cursed hound 
will lead them, though Gerard should run Lhrough an army or 
swim the Meuse." And again he leaned upon his bow, and his 
head sank. 

rhe hound's mellow voice rang through the wood. 

A cry more tunable 
Was cever haJloed to, nor cheered witij horn, 
Iq Crete, in Sparta, or in ThesBaly. 

Strange that things beautiful should be terrible and deadly. 
The eye of the boa-constrictor, while fascinating its prey, is 
lovely. No royal crown holds such a jewel ; it is a ruby with 
the emerald's green light playing ever upon it. Yet the deer 
that sees it loses all power of motion, and trembles, and awaits 
his death ; and even so, to compare hearing with sight, this 
sweet and mellow sound seemed to fascinate Martin Wit- 
lenhaagen. He stood uncertain, bewildered, and unnerved. 



THE CLOISTEK AND THE HEARTH 

means of that veHw ' h l^"'f "'"I "''"' '"' '''"«', and? by 

'"wh„7trere„\?r?^^^^^^^^ 

••'= bloo.1 trickled '^h^:Z.e^^^tr ":■•' '"'«''= ""d "tm as 
-h.Oe™„, no. M,H.;«r^rt„'"4e^t-,'rttl 

cannot ,h/n th*' ho^d, ™d thrLll" ^ ■ " ,""?>; "'""' "-" ^ «- 

"'^^^^:sA^Ti - '" ~™"" '■■'"■ 

-rveouriu™"'.'' '•^' *■"» '» '•"' « «WIo„/b»,d, bu, it „i„ 
"W/iat are we to do?" 

and the rest will kill us " ' '""°'^'' "'u ™ the head 

"TVaul:^.""^''""'"*<''''-«'Oer,^. 

."«V''t"hel"''"co'rrctT.";b *""' "■- ''«^' ^"y- have 
" 0|, yes, Martin ■•'';,ri:S 'Zrt^r-^r" 1' """ '^' -"" ^ ' 

He IS wiser than hi.^ jears • "«■"*'• '^° ""t gainsay f ierard 
,7','^'">'^ld«" a sullen assent. 

I.u«e knl?e!"he"erat^"'.t' ; ""f '^1"'?= ""^ "--g his 
'he ground, and tumtr^und ^^^"Them ?" °' 1*° ^'^^ ^ " 
■'■;. »n.ong the standing si Jfs Mati, dS ^r""-""*'' '«''""'' 
a .logged hopeless air. When th,„ h .. ""^ ^'"^' '»'« with 
"..■""gh the'greaterpartTthe elo,^'r K^''^' *"'^"l«' 
% came nearer and nearer |LrS?l^' Woodhounds deep 
sterner. ^'"^'- '«" and less musical, louder and 

Margaret trembled 

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THE CLOISTEH AND THE HE.*HTH 

« No " s«iil (ier.nl ; " 1 Juul't i< i* « multt. Thai euneA 
f .liysbticht is still ulivc : none other would follow me up lo 

' ""ever strike your enemy but to sUy him," s^d Martin 

ffluomily. .. . ,. 

•• 111 hit harder this time, If Heaven gives me the chance, 

said Gerard. 

At last they worked through the coppice, and there was an 
open wood. The trees were large, hut fur apart, oml no esca|w 
possible that way. . 

And now with the hound's bay mingled a score of voices, 
hooping and hallooing. . 

"The whole village is out after us, said Martui. 
" I care not,' said Gerard. " LUten, Martin. 1 have made 
the track smooth to the dog, but rough to the men, that we 
may deal with them apart. Thus the hound will gain on the 
men, and as soon as he comes out of the coppice we must 
kill him." 

•' The hound ? There are more than one. 
" I hear but one." . i. . i.. .h. 

"Av! but one speaks, the others run mute; but let the 
leading hound lose the scent, then another shall give tongue. 
There will be two dogs, at least, or devils in dog s hides. 

"Then we must kill two instead of one. Hie moment they 
are dead, into the coppice again, and go right back. 

"■Hiat is H goo.1 tliought, {Gerard," said Martin, plucking up 
heart. 

" Hush ! the men are in the wood. 
Gerard now gave his orders in a whisper. 
" Stand you with your bow by the side of the coppce— there, 
in the ditch. I wiil go but a few yards to yon oak-tree, and 
hide behind it ; the dogs wUl follow me, and, as they come out, 
shoot as many as you can, the rest will I brain as they come 
round the tree. " , . , 

Martins eye flashed. They took up their places. 
The hooping and hallooing came closer and closer, and soon 
even the rustling of the young wood was heard, and every now 
and then the unerring bloodhound gave a single bay. 

It was terrible ! the branches rustling nearer and nearer, and 
the inevitable struggle for life and death coming on nimute hy 
minute, and that death-knell leading it. A trembling hand was 
hud on Gerard's shoulder. It made him start violently, struiiH 

up as he was. , « ii, ♦ 

" Martin says if we are forced to part company, make for that 
high ash-tree we came in by." 



THE CLOISTEH AND THE HEARTH 

W "l 0^,;. Zo^n'T' '-'"■ '" ""«"•' "^^ ' Ion-, con,. 

^udtnir. ^' CbtSf'^' - •'- «""•' «•' 'o ""». 
moment. Margnretlwerld i.h f V^.^' ""'' »"«' <"«<•» « 
Scent was to hln wh"t S^^t* to "' ''".^''t """ "«"ced her. 
■Mtant, and the next moment with T J?^ '"n""'' '''» ""«•■ "" 
•t Gerard', tree, and mlu^J' k. '"^''' 7«"' »?"«>« straight 
lite«Jly .pitted by^n ^^{t^S:",:^"{ •'"S «,''a stone 
the eoppi^e in .7artrn'T."d Th^t ""' '*•"««' ^''^^ 

another hound and smelt his dMH^^ T" "<"""'t out came 
•t him ; but ere he couW u e hTtuTr*"- . ^T"?' ""'^^■' "•" 
ning seemed to strike the hn„^H ?'l' ' ""'"'' °f white light- 
wounded de.pe«tely! but not kuleT and h*",'''"'^ '" '"^ ""«'• 

Gerard h,,d not time to desni^^h T '""T''"'' P"""''*- 
toonear: it seemed ahvepStr' "".' ™PP'«= "-^tled 
Gerard ran a few yards to the n^^^r''"^ *" Martin to go b«.k, 
thick coppice just Is three J? L' ° "'P' cautiously tato the 

their c„,S^Jeon"de™Sy:The'r^Tr' fT,''" "^ "^"''^ 
distances. Gerard crawled hiJit ^ " following at various 

fught Martin and Cgtlt^ do tT ^ '^'-''°"''- '"«""=« 
"treat. Thus, within the d^W,„ff »""« "pon their line of 
puraued were passing one anX,l; '^'^ ^'''*'' 'he P^-^uers and 

A loud cry Wiounoed th- ^ P^" "PPO^'te tracks, 
"ounded ho?nd. Then fonoJ,l'™ra:,°^''" '"'«' "'d 'he 

'"«« fresh P-ue„'^a!h^"'^HVs»t 'X'h'":-''"' '»-^"- 
on a surprise, were wastur,-"^ '^^ , ">« haters, as usual 
making the most of it. * ' "'' ""= '"'"'«' ones were 

heVas'irmrif^^^i^'™"""'" '""P*-' M'"'" '» Margaret, and 

Ge™J','a:d''^,rn«rC-''"'' '''""'■' ^ -"' ^ my 
Vou 'b:r^m' mfuratThrX".^ r.. ""' •"" 'O^" »"'•■"''=«. 
the ^'t;e"e' '"• "^^ ^""' '««'«"- '»' thinking of that. To 
"Ay! but with less noise." 

"uddeXTh; hTrdr^;' Z 4t,i°I ^^ -PP'«- "-en 

" we^'shir-: tt:c^,.'',';:i:; 'vt '--'-'^ --p"^- 

running. Ah ! ' "" ""^ ''hp out of sight by hanl 






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THE CLOISTEK AND THE HEAKTH 

He itooiieil Hudilrnly; for junl u he wu uuiiiK to bunt out 
of the bru«h».Hjd, hi« eye caught h tigure kccpliig Mntiiiel. It 
WW Cihyfbrei-hl V«n Swleten »eiite<l on hii mule ! a bloody 
bandage was acrom hi« nose, the bridge of which was broken ; 
but over this his eyes peered keenly, and It wa» plain by their 
expression he had heard the fu(rltlves niitle, and was looking 
out for them. Martin muttered a terrible oath, and cautiously 
strung his bow, then with equal caution fitted his last arrow to 
the atrilig. Margaret put her handi to her face, but said no- 
thing. She saw this man mu»t die or Gerard. After the hnit 
impulse she |ieered through her fingera, her heart |ianting to 
her throat. 

The bow was raised, and the deadly arrow steadily drawn to 
its head, when at that moment all active figure leaped on 
(ihysbrecht from beliiiid so swiftly, it was like a hawk .looping 
on a pigeon. A kerchief went over the burgomaster, in a 'uni 
of the hand his head was inulHed in it, and he was whirltJ 
from his seat and fell heavily uiam the ground, where he lay 
groaning with terror ; and Gerard jumped down after him. 
" Hist, Martin ! Martin ! " 

Martin and Margaret came out, the former open-mouthetl, 
crying, "Now Hy ! fiy! while they are all in the thicket; we 
are saved." 

At this crisis, whin safety seemed at hand, as fate would have 
it, Margaret, who had home up so bravely till now, began to 
succumb, partly from loss of blood. 

" Oh, my beloved, lly ! " she gasiied. " Leave me, lor I am 

faint." ... 

"No! no!" cried Gerard. " Death together, or safety. \n' 
the mule : inoLiit her, you, and 111 run by your side." 

In a moment Martin was on Ghysbrecht s mule, and Gerard 
raised the fainting girl in his arras and placed her on the saddle, 
and relieved Martin of his bow. 

" Help ! treason ! murder ! muider ! ' shriekcj Ghysbrethl, 
suddenly rising on his hams. 

" Silence, our," roared Gerard, and trode him down again by 
the throat as men crush an adder. 

" Now, have you got her firm ? Then Hy! tor our lives ! t.n 
our lives ! " . m« . - i i 

But even as the mule, urged suddenly by Martins heel, 
■cattered the Hints with his huid hoofs ere he got into a canter, 
and even as Gerard withdrew his foot from Ghysbrechfs throat 
to run, Dierich Brower and his five men, who had ooine Iwck 
for orders, and heard the burgomasters cries, burst roaring out 
of the coppice on them. 

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tHAPTER XXI 

a.ilmil,; for iheJ „ ,"'. .^ ""''''>' '""^ "' "><• higher 

they ...Inot si^ak' "''''"">■ "f"""'' '•J"''''!"'"-. though 

r.J':r^:„;;;-:!;:'':-;;''';. - '""^ -t-. >-"■ '.■ .h. 

thicket ,m .mr (Wu ve, Tu ni„ h '""'""" '""'' ""' "f 'he 
the« Utter darted I ^nt 1"2; "^ h' "■,""'' *'"• ''>'"'' 
nnptj' -./r, sear... Ih„ f^H li ISTh '"'",''' '■'"''^''«'' 'he 

Contused for a m„™, " . ^'"^f """' ^ "") 1^ for life. 
Oierid. and hi, S, I ' < "\ "'"' ""'"' 'h'ir .nri„» 

l«t««„ them rhe, iLv'Tw "ft" ""I .'""'^ f"' ''" >-^ 
They were ,ure "f ™t'h,W , L f'". '' "P"""' ""P™'"- 
'in.e the parties had me^urld Tpeej In th"" ""' "" ""' 
hey had gained visihly „„ the thr^ tl.i. "'"'! «""»'' 

iMt, it was a fair race «Mi, 1„ i A, ,"'.""""«■ "'"^ •">*. »t 
hundred yards werreovlr'd n n T'"'^ ^l ">*"* •''»«• ^ 
mained these ten yardri^twee"..?" ""• ^ '^' """ "'"^ «- 

This increase o^fTi^^S^'riree Le''"™"''' '"''''•'■ ?""''«''• 
Bmwer. The reaso, '^f ,Z wt """?'"« P""'**! Di^ri'h 
the pace i, that of the , est of t'h ^.h" '""J" ^'"P"^' 
house to the ed«e of the ftX.f r- ', ""**■ ^""" Prter\ 
but now he ran h*"„w„ Tor the .n^?"'''"' T •«"«««'■. p.ce ; 
left them all f„r bXm'l M^^eove^ *"'. 2"'' .'"''«'"''' •-"' 
began to tell DavliLi.. """^"y- ^o^'h «nd chaste liviiur 

h^tedonestd thet'^ft rs^^Th ""EPh"^ ."''"«'' "^ 
eSbrt, and gained two v .ris but in .f ™"'' " <l«>pe™te 

stolen then, quietly l«ck Tl-^ ^ '"""''' Genuff had 

Martin he^r^/^cl-ht f,."''igP,Tenp'"'^"c': '^'^'r _ 
courage, brave kd ! they are straggC ••'^' "™«"' '^'"^ ^ 

It was so. Dierich was now headeri' 1... „. f i.. 
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itwulittn, except one who kept on lUunch ■» « bluudhuuml, 
though \mit\g fmHiiid every minute. Hi<4 name, il' 1 nm not 
mfttiUten, wiu h.ric WouveimMi. Followed hy htm, they csmc 
to « riie in the woimI, fihorter, but much stee[>er than the lut. 

" Hand on maiie ' "" cried Martin. 

Ueranl obeyed, and the mule helped hhn up the hill fatter 
even than he wan running before. 

At the liffht of thiH manteuvTe Oierieh'i man lont heart, and, 
being now full elifhty yanU Iwhind (lerard, and rather inort* than 
that in ndvfinc*^ of hfH nearest ct>nir»d<-, he pulletl up short, and, 
in obedience to liierich's order, ttNik iluwn Ui* rnHwibuw, levelled 
it deliberately, and ju«t att the tritt wvTf nlnkniK out of «i|{ht 
over the crettt of the hill, sent the lK>lt whlxilng uniong them. 

There wan « cry of dininav ; rtnd, next moinnit. ai if a thunder- 
Iwlt had fallen on them, they wert> mII lying on the ground, mule 
und all. 



CHAPTER XXI! 

The effect was no sudden and mngicul, that the fihooter himself 
WII.S stupefied for an instant. Then he hailed hn companions to 
join him In effecting the capture, and himself set off up the hill : 
but, ere he had got half way, u|i rose the figure of Martin 
Wittenhiuigcn with a bent bow in his hand. Eric Wouverman 
no sooner saw him in this ultuudt, * an he diir*t1 behiml a tree, 
and made himself as small as possible. Martin'>i skill with that 
weapon was well known, and Hie slain dog was a keen reminder 
of it. 

Wouvennan {leered round the bark eautiouslv : there was the 
arrow's point still aimed at him. He saw it shine. He dared 
not move from his shelter. 

When he had been at peep-lw some minutes, his companions 
carae up in great force. 

Then, with a scornful laugh, Martin vanished, and presently 
was heard to ride off on the mule. 

All the men ran up together. The high ground commanded 
a view of a narrow but almost interminable glade. 

They saw Gerard and Margaret running along at a prodigious 
distance ; they looked like gnats ; and Martin galloping aftei 
them vtiUre d terre. 

The hunters were outwitted as well as outrun. A few words 
will explain Martin's conduct. We arrive at causes by noting 
coincidences ; yet, now and then, coincidences are deceitful, 
iuu 



THK ri.(),sTF,R AND THE HEAHTH 

«-T* 5""^ " *"" " '■■"• """hlc ov»r . liritr iu«f .. ik. 
»ent off, and %n ralie F>ii«<.t>fi„- >i. ■ """J""' •• <n» nn 

checked the .L!:; rJuI": iT-Sed"'" "'• "" '°"' •""" "• 

Tl.«e l.tt/rtntcZfcrn £LVri^"'r'^\^""'' ^i. men 
Ihelr winged bloodhound '»«'"»'«* •"" U>clr chief «a 



CHAPTER XXni 

iie7 ::^' ^/^ r:'u'" r„d""" Ji-f -'^ ^" "*"■ ' 

their reJ viJue In thT.n„ .J?"*'""'; ""^ «" ""«'•' 
'■""ty „en n„"Hce iot ."t n'o^r;.he;;''itt '"". '""l"'"'' ^^'^ 
evening when it lie, in flake ,^r!," " ' S^"'"'- but toward. 
feeblerVn; but gl^Xs" ,;;'„!?P^ •'°''" ''■"''y elm,. Yet it I, 

Thus Geraid -nd Vrg.'tthoutrh'r T''"^''""'' ''••'•*• 
thalru,tled louder tha^r/ewf 1^1 ^j''f,""' "' '"">■ '"' 
thankfulne^, a, they t^id^ ,^r';fhTfl ''L 
and deep tranquil silfnerh^^ * \' '^^'"'"j' "*" '" »fety 
ringing in thei?mi„d',errk^ * ''"^ ""' '""'•' ™«--« )'' 
_But pre«„tly Ge«rd found ...i„a of blood on Margaret'. 

^Martin ! Martin 1 help I they have wounded her: the ores. 

no;'word°ed"„':j''h„'iT,7i'"™"'"'^ '° "-- •■'"- "■ •- 

gr^f^a^uta^ "' """' "' ""™'' "«>->" '^^d Oen.nl. in 
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' Scold me not, then ! " and Margaret blushed. 
" Did I ever scold you ? " 

"No, dear Gerard. Well, then, Martin said it was blood 
those cruel dogs followed ; so I thought if F could but have a 
little blood on my shoon, the dogs would follow me instead, and 
let my Gerard wend free. So I scratched my .imi with Martin's 
knife— forgive me ? Whose else could I take f Youn^, Gerard ? 
Ah, no. You forgive me ? " said she iKseechingly, and lovingly 
and fawningly, all in one. 

"Let me see this scratch first," said Gerard, choking with 
emotion. "There, I thought so. A scratch ? I call it a cut- 
a deep, terrible, cruel cut." 

Gerard shuddered at sight of it. 

"She might have done it with her hcKlkin, ' said the soldier. 
" Milksop ! that sickens at sight of a scratch and a little blood." 
"No, no. I could look on a sea of lilood, hut not on hers. 
Oh, Margaret ! how could you be so cruel ? " 

Margaret smiled with love inefTable. "Foolish (ierard," 
murmured she, "to make so much of nothing." And she 
flung the guilty arm round his neck. " As if I would not give 
all the blood ^n my heart for you, let alone a few drops 
from my arm." And with this, under the sense of his recent 
danger, she wept on his neck for pity and love ; and he wept 
with her. 

"And I must part fkim her," he sobljed; "we two that love 
so dear — one must be in Holland, one in Italy. Ah me! ah 
me .' ah me ! " 

At this Margaret wept afresh, but j>atiently and silently. 
Instinct is never off its guard, and with her unselfishness was an 
instinct. To utter her present thoughts would be to add to 
Gerartl's misery at parting, so she wept in silence. 

.Suddenly they emerged upon a beaten path, and Martin 
stopped. 

"This is the bridle-road I spoke of," said he, hanging his 
head ; "and there away lies the hostelry." 

Margaret and Gerard east a scared look at one another. 
"Come a step with me, Martin," whispered Gerard. When 
he had drawn him aside, he said to him in a broken voice, 
" Good Martin, watch over her f^^r me ! She is my wife ; yet I 
leave her. See, Martin ! here is gold— it was for my journey ; 
It IS no use my asking her to take it— she would not ; but you 
will for her, will you not? Oh, Heaven ' and is this all I can 
do for her.? Money? But poverty is a curse. You will not 
let her want for anything, dear Martin ? The burgomasters 
silver is enough for me." 

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'Snilii inf 11. r. '.h. i " .ii..l Mirj'irft Wiiih 'i 

■niii I 1-..-1 '■■' 1-1'' 

•'Vf>, ,lr»r (.f-.ir,-' «',-li, Ih.ll, M.ir'i.l Mul H A rs l.;or»I 
lliwf .i-url ,l<.f l.-lli'W.-.l , VI I lhril,i;lil if I .'"nl'l i>iit ti.ive .1 
little 'ilocid o:. mv -.li."'.. 'llf ll.ifr^ ""i"l<l fril"* '^'^ i""''''"!, ai"* 
'ct mv (".rint^ wi-ml fref. '*" 1 -rrn'i-bfl itiy itik with Mirtin* 
knifr' forgivr- rrr - WIi. c l-lsr roni.! I ..kf" Vmir^. f-i r..rTl .- 
Vl, 11 1 Y.ii fill. .' -ii . ■ sniil I'll'- i" ■ _■ hiii;;)> iiul lo"nfI-.- 
imrt fawtimfc-lv. *!' -'i oiii- 

"Let m.' "■.'f ih,- -i-int.li linl, •vu-' ' . rirH. 1 li ikip>,' with 
emotion ■' ■PL.Tc. ! hiMirlit .io, \rcnu-- 1 .■.-'i 1' :. 'it 
1 tivcp. tf r-ihii", f nirl en' 

C-mrd ^h;i(!il<---.l nt v'hl "f ii 

•She miKiit h.iii- tii.n. it iii'h her |.,Hkii. ■■"I 1'" «'l'l fr 
■ Milkiiip ' 'hiK 1,-kein ,-1. si^.l't .f ■• i..m>.-h .-ili.t n liltir bl'v«l. 

■•\(,. 11.1. I , ul.) !.«'k "11 a sen .'f hlii.«l. bi- ' .111 bcf 

(ih Vlarjrun't ( h:nv coill'l t'oii he r.n eniei .- ' 

^Mruaivt niiii>il ivith If.ir iiietfalilt ■' loilish 'i.-niH.' 
inui-umr"! ^he. -1.. mnke 10 niue): ..( iLitli'ii,: ' \...i Oi. 

•I.iiij. !!• jitiiHv. .un miiiui hi- k. \- ll I i*"iiil ""f IJive 

,;! i;,, '!'.,,.: .:, iTii. he^irt Lit i.-.i, 1.' »h«<- n frw ilti.i'^ 
\iid i«lf:i '<'\s. ..lutir -I.- iKllse ..: hf- reeriit 
,,1 .11, hi- leek l:.r |ely:.iia Mv -, ^iid h.-»C|it 

..'. ,.,il ftom 111 r," h,- Mihlieil: • "> Iimi Ihit '.11 
l.,:i.;t ll- v. H..n..ilil. .111. ill Il.iii. ill ilK- ; ^ih 

.»-■( "fi^t ilVfsh, hill |.»(ieiiliy anil -ili-ntl\. 
; ■' T.iHi-' n-ilwi'h liev tii^tifishiie^r WJis nil 
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.■mi: ..ill 1. -r.- •■■ : ■ . fir, 

M.ii-gsiet ..iiii (.-ra 1 • ir. Mii^.ti lit iie minthf-r. 

'To!... 11 .i,!j, «i I -e. Murtin." wllisi'l'-'l ''frurd. Win 
h. hnj .li-mi liim ...ide ll-' -"id tn iiini in -i hroken veie. 

•l.ixKi V.-.rtl,i, «-«u-! .HIT her fur iiu 1 , .She 1.. un wife; Jrl • 
llMve h ■■ See, VUr.in ' tiers- iv piW - i' «"•■ '"f mv jimrne.i 
If is lie 1-., iin a-kiti;' i.ir to tnke it hi viiuld nut: bill I. 
leill I. r hef i.'ill vo'i not > Oli, H»nv. i ' id i= this all I . •. 
■ Ill I'l.T lirr' \hjiiev :■ lint pivi-ilv Is . i.'' Van will ' 
irt her Wlirii I'lr liivth.r.j;, ile:iv >1 u-tn. ' l>iir^om»«t . 

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THE CLOISTER AND THB HEARTH 

come to her. 1 cm more for her little finger thai for .11 th. 
• father to her. Go wiifi , rtout hewt, md God be with ih^ 

tSeSS^^^^^'--^^-^ 

_^t hirt th«re WM , ho.r« cry, «d feet pattered on the h«d 

tJh'l!*'^,'^' r** """^ *" Ge""! rannimr wUdlv with 
^w^rS f'fP"' «•»« hi, he«l, in pr.yer7and SwTt 

ft" help, «,d .rfiy eheek uid eyes fixed on v«am|. '' 

ner, hot her mind could not take them in; only at the souml 

-^Xtr-c: zitm^^!:^7r;.n7Sk?.''bow-h:^' 

She did noi d,ed one tear, nor speak one word. 
At the edge of the wood he took her off the mule and 
tade^ her go .cr«. to her &ther'. hou«. She mZ Se 

Martin to Rotterd«». Sevenbergen w„ too hot for him. 

dr^^W"!^ 'T '"'■ ^' '°™d' "«»« like one in a 
^S^e^*rl " ^ r^J" ^^ " tke litUe hortSnr? 

^^^^ ^JTs '"i^^r"^' *«" «>d houJ ;:s 

«mJ^ T ™"^''''e objects seen through a veil. His 
companion .pole to him twice, but he did nr«u,we;. (M^ 



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After many hours' riding they came to the brow of a sleep 
hill ; a small brook ran at the bottom. 

"Haiti" cried the guide, and pointed across the valley 
" Here is Germany." 

"Where.'" 

•'On t'other side of the bourn. No need to ride down the 
hill, I trow." 

Gerard dismounted without a word, and took the burgo- 
master's purse from his girlde ; while he opened it, " You will 
soon be out of this hateful country," said his guide, half sulkily; 
" mayhap the one you are going to will like you no better ; 
any way, though it be a church you have rubbed, they cannot 
take you, once acro.ss that bourn." 

These words at another time would have earned the speaker 
an admonition or a cuff. They fell on Gerard now like idle air. 
He paid the lad in silence, and descended the hill alone. The 
brook was silvery; it ran murmuring over little pebbles, that 
glittereil, varnished by the clear water ; he sat down and 
looked stupidly at them. Then he irank of the brook ; then 
he laved his hot feet and hands in it ; it was very cold : it 
waked him. He rose, and taking a nm, leaped across it into 
(iermany. Even as he touched the strange land he turned 
.suddenly and looked back. " Farewell, ungrateful country ! " 
he cried. " But for her it would cost me nought to leave you 
for ever, and all my kith and kin, and— the mother that bore 
me, and— my playmates, and my little native town. Farewell, 

fatherland — welcome the wide world ! omne so — lum for ti 

P — P — *t — ri — a." And with these brave words in his mouth 
he drooped suddenly with arms and legs all weak, and sat down 
and sobbed bitterly upon the foreign soil. 

When the young exile had sat a while bowed down, he rose 
and dashed the tears from his eyes like a man ; and not casting 
a single glance more Ixhind him, to weaken his heart, stepped 
out into the wide world. 

His love and heavy sorrow left no room in him for vulgar 
misgivings. Compared with rending himself from Margaret, it 
.seemed a small thing to go on foot lo Italy in that rude age. 

All nations meet in a convent. So, thanks to his good friends 
the monks, and his own thirst of knowledge, he could speak 
most of the languages needed on that long road. He said to 
himself, "I will soon be at Rome; the sooner the better 
now." 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

-th = but unlike the -K!';^^.:::/^'!^!'''^ "^"^ 



CHAPTER XXIV. 

,^Srtit: s^ti't'IyC,"'-' " 'f ^«™"P- ^-' -. in 
to one «,„ther. The rid^r i^ f,"'^ '"'*■ "' " '""^ t^lkinR 
jerkin and ho,e, both „?t '. Lrcloth''T"'' ™'' ''"«'" ^'-n 
on his stomach in th, .ft * °"'' «'°»«y "' « mole, l«v flat 

"ver the horse's loins ("'"""« ?«""«■) ««s carefully spread 

'•N'ot"tC 7'n- ;.'."'""■•«' fi"""l 

to let hi^ :;;,x:'th: '^un'^" ™^'"^- ^^^ y^ "<" ""--d 
if yo:;e7itrt''bS?"i?iit;s'v:u'""h' ^r^'"' "^ <■'-"'"■ 

»I' from the hard ground Ukf I?.! '"'"'''^''e ; but you lea;, 
" He speaks soofT "" „„„ I.^'T'' '." "P^"*' ^^''- ^iric ? '■ ' 
"What, is the KentlSZnk >^" ^'"^ """">•■ 

«era^r,rs«o'"'^'Bursuddt,rL'r •''^•' "' '"^ ^■•"■P"'"v „f 
h. .. all ov2r, said very Travelv Wh "'' "°PP"'' »"'' <^Ki„g 
that know not the Su?^^s ever H T ^'"'i''"'' »''='-^ '«"t 

■Tamrft.'rr">-^i^='e7chtrcl"^ ""^ '--•■■ ^"" 

loves knowkd'seTtLeforetrkVo",!/,*"'' '".""'"'"' ""'^ "-at 
prying." " ""= «"' ' questions, and not for love of 

trinkXo'rth\'~nLTe2e':^'h^''"^'''"'''">' "">™ «'- - 
Gerard looked l,J.„lf ."''''' P^'"> yo"" 

:;.THnkgeld7ou'shal,tave"s'ucC"n?vL^ ''"^^ ™ "' «""' 

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that Rhnulrl the Coiiiit cnrnf- to himiielf (which, Iwin;; n HvaMacd 
toper, he wa-s Hpt in <1o nil in a minute), and liiid his hone 
standinfc Kwealinp in the f^old, while ■ 'loak lay idle at hand, 
he wniild fail to ciirHiiig, and peradventure to laying on; the 
other, more pretentious, was, that a home is a poor milksop, 
which, drinking nothing; hut water, ha« to be cockered up and 
wanned outride; but a manter, beinff a creature ever filled vrith 
pood beer, has a store of inward heat that warms him to the 
skin, iiiul renders a cloak ;i mere shred of idle viiiiity. 

Kach of the spe;ikers fell in love with his theory, and, to tell 
the truth, Imth had taken a hair or two of the dog that had 
bitten their master to the brain ; so their vnircN presently rr«»e 
so Yiifnh, that the ^eeii sot Iie^an to f^rowl instead of snoring;. 
In their heat they did not notice this. 

Ere long the argument t*K>k a tuni that sooner or later was 
pretty sure to enliven a discussion in that iijfe. Hans, holding 
the bridle with his right hand, gave L'lrie a sound cuff with his 
lett ; Ulric returned it with interest, his right hand being free; 
and at it they went, ding dong, over the horse's mane, 
|)ommelling one another, and jagging the {xmr beast, till he 
ran luickward, and tnxle with iron heel upon a promontory 
of the green Ion! ; he, like the toad stung by Ithuriel's spear, 
started up howling, with one hand clapped to the smart and 
the other tugging at his hilt The servants, amazed with 
terror, let the horse go ; he galloped oft" whinnying, the men 
in pursuit of him crying out with fear, and the green noble 
after them, volleying curses, his naked sword in his hand, and 
his body rebounding from hedge to hedge in his headlong but 
zigzag career down the narrow lane. 

"In which hurtling" (ieranl turned his Iwick on them all, 
and went calmly south, glad to have saved the four tin 
farthings he had got ready for trinkgeld, but far too heavy- 
hearted even to smile at their dnmken extravagance. 

The sun was nearly setting, and Gerard, who had now for 
some time been hoping in vain to find an inn by the way, was 
very ill at ease. To make matters worse, black clouds gathered 
over the sky. 

Gerard quickened his pace almost to a run. 

It was in vain ; down came the rain in torrents, drenched the 
bewildered traveller, and seemed to extinguish the very sun — 
for his rays, already fading, could not cope with this new assail- 
ant. Gerard trudged on, dark, and wet, and in an unknown 
region. " Fool ! to leave Margaret," said he. 

Presently the darkness thickened. 
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He »!.« e.il<-riiin » (frnit wnoH. HiiRr hmnrhri. shot Mrow 
tnc n«m.w p™,,!, a,„l thr IwniRhK-d stmnRcr Km,x-(l his w«v in 
»nat stemMl an interminiiblr and inky cave with « niBBcd 
HoOT^ on which he stumhlrtl »nd stiimhlpd hk ht- wrnt 

On, and nn and on, with shivering limbs, .md empty stomach, 
and fimtiPK h.»rt, till the wolvei rose from their lair, and 
bayed all round the wood. 

self^i,''Hfr de,:''"' • '"" '■' """^ "'" -"*'•'•'■ ""•* <""""'•' *" 
There was no wind ; »nd his excite<l ear hearrl liehl feet 
patter at tmies over the newly fallen leaves, and low hranihes 
rurtle with creatures «lldin,f swiftly past them. 

l^senlly m the sen of ink there was a great tierv star close 
"rIv.STP'' ."*■ '""'"' '■' •" *"■ "'"'I'' his pitron saint. 
nOl ,^l " V'^'"' "'■'•■■" '"^ shouted, and tried to run. 
nut the dark and n.Rged wav soon stopped that. The liehl 
was more distant than he had thought. But at last, in the 
ve J heart of the forest, he fimnd a house, with lighted candles 
and loud voices inside it. He looked up to see if there was a 
Slgnboar.1 There was none. " Not an inn aftel all," said he 
sadly. "No matter: what Christian would turn a dog into 
this wood to-night?" .ind with this he made for the door that 
led to the voices. He opened it slowly, and put his head in 
timidly He drew it out abruptly, as if slapped in the face, and 
recoiled into the rain and darkness. 

He had peeped into a large but low room, the middle of 
which was filled by a huge round stove, or clay oven, that 
reached to the ceiling; round this wet clothes were drying— 
some on Id and sonic more eonipendiouslv, on rustics, 

inese latter habiliments, impregnated with the w-et of the day 
but the dirt of a life, and lined with w .at another foot traveller 
in these parts calls "rammish clowns," evolved rank vapours 
ima compound odours inexpressible, in steaming clouds 

In one corner was a travelling family, a large one: thence 
nowed into the common stock the peculiar sickly smell of 
negected brats. Garlic filled up the interstices of the air. 
And all this with closed window, and intense heat of the cen- 
tral furnace, and the breath of at least forty persons. 
They had just supped. 

Now Gerard, like most artists, had sensitive organs, and the 
IKitent effluvia struck dismay into him. But the rain lashed him 
outside, and the light and the fire tempted him in. 

He could not force his way all at once through the palpable 
perfumes, but he returned to the light again and again, like the 
singed moth. At last he discovered that the various smells 
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did not entirely nii.»., no hrnd l)nn(( the r lo stir Muni inund. 
Odour of family predorainnted in two corner'; steivcci ruttic 
reigned supreme in the centre; i>nd (prlic in the noisy ((roup by 
the window. He found, too, by hasty snilysis, thit of these the 
g«rlic described the smallest aerial orbit, and the scent of reek- 
ing rustic darted farthest— a flavour as if mident goata, or the 
fathers of all foies, had l)een drawn through a river, and were 
here dried by Nebuchadi.rMar. 

So Gerard crept into a comer close lo the door. But though 
the solidity of the main fetors isolated thein somewhat, the heat 
and reeking vapours circulated, ;md made the walls drip ; and 
the home-nurtured novice found something like a cold snake 
wind about his legs, and his head turn to a great lump of lead ; 
and ncit, he felt like choking, sweetly slumbering, and dying, 
all in one. 

He was within an ace of swooning, but recovered to a deep 
sense of disgust and discouragement ; and settled to go back 
lo Holland at peep jf day. This resolution formed, he plucked 
up a little heart ; and being faint with hunger asked one of the 
men of garlic whether this was not an inn aflei all ? 

" Whence come you, who know not ' The Star of the Forest ' .* ** 
was the reply. 

" I am a stranger ; and in my country inns have aye a 
sign." 

" Droll country yours ! What need of a sign to a public- 
house — a place that every soul knows ? " 

Gerard was too tired and faint for the labour of argument ; 
so he turned the conversation, and asked where he could find 
the landlord ? 

At this fresh display of ignorance, the native's contempt 
rose too high for words. He pointed to a middle-aged woman 
seated on the other side of the oven ; and turning to his mates, 
let them know what an outlandish animal was in the room. 
Thereat the loud voices stopped, one by one, as the informa- 
tion penetrated the mass ; and each eye turned, as on a pivot, 
following Gerard, and his every movement, silently and zoo- 
logically. 

The landlady sat on a chair an inch or two higher than the 
rest, between two bundles. From the first, a huge heap of 
feathers and wings, she was taking the downy plumes, and 
pulling the others from the quills, and so filling bundle two — 
littering the floor ankle-deep, and contributing to the general 
stock a stuffy little malaria, which might have played a dis- 
tinguished part in a sweet room, but went for nothing here. 
Gerard asked her if he could have something to eat. 
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Shr ojieiied her «e» with •■tuiUshnieiit. '• Supptr U over 
this hour mill tuorr " "^"^ 

" Hut 1 hiu' none of it, jtood dame. " 

fori'"-"''"' '"' '"""' ^°" *'" welramc to jour share 

■ Hut I Wtt» b,niKhlcd, and » slnnuer ; «n<l Ixlated sore 
ag«in»t my will. 

" ^^■••f'' >'»:'■ I «'■ <lo with th«t ? All thr world know. • The 
hUrofthe hore»l ,„|,v f„„n six till ciRht. tome before six 
ye ,up well; <oni,- beli.re eight, ye sup u pleases Heaven; 
eon.e after il^ht, ye get a elean bed, and a stirrup eup, or a 
horn (if kiue s nulk, at the dawning " f f 

s«..l he sulkily ; ■ tor ,t silting up wet and fasting, and the 

bywoni saith, • He sups who sleeps' " 

"The lieds are not eonie yet," replied the landlady. " Vou 
will sleep when the rest do. Inns are not built for o«,. ■ 

It was Gerard s turn to be astonished. " The beds were not 
eoine ! what in Heavens name, .lid she mean?" But he was 
afraid to ask; for every wortl he had spoken hitherto h«i 
ainaied the assembly and zoological eyes were upon him-he 

A. t'"\. ■ ■'""' "'"''"'' "^'' """■ ""d ««!"■<• audibly 
At this fresh aiological trait, a titter went round the watchful 
company. 

"So this is Germany," thought (icrani ; "and fJermanv is a 
great country by Hollaml. Small nations for me ■ 

lie consoled himself by rcHecting it was to lie his last, as 
well as his first, night in the land. His reverie was interrupted 
by an elbow driven into his ribs. He turned sharp on his 
assailant, who |K,inted across the r^wm. (ierani looked and a 
woman m the comer was beckoning him. He went towards 
her gingerly, being surprised and irresolute, so that to a spec- 
tator her beckoning finger seemed to be pulling him across the 
T!!. " .? «"*-'■"'' " hen he had got up to her, " Hold the 
child, said she in a fine hearty voice ; and in a moment she 
plumped the baim into Gerard's arms 

He stood transfixed, jelly of lead in his hands, and sudden 
Horror in his elongated countenance 

laugLtud ":,!!i"l;.'"'""'^^ '""■ "" '>"-=^«' "-'"- 

"Never heed them," said the woman cheerfully "they 
know no better; how should they, bred an' born in a wood?^ 
She was rummaging among her clothes with the two penetrat- 
ing hands, one of which Gerard h«i set free. Presently she 
hshed out a snu.ll tm plate and a dried pudding ; and resuming 



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hrr cliiU with imp «nii, hrld tliriit lorth to Urritni with the 
other, kitjihiK « thumb on the pudding to urt'vent it from 
•ilippInK off 

"hit it ill tht! stove*, " Mid she; '-you art; tin) young to lie 
down rMting." 

(iemrd thHiiked her wurnily But tm his «»y to the ttovf, 
his rye ft-ll on thr Iwidlncly. "May I, duinc * " Mid he 
bciit*cchingly. 

" Why not ? " Hnid »the. 

The question whk evidriitly iiiiother surprifir, though leu 
MtAitling thttii its prtHlecffiHorH. 

Coming to the Htov<-, (ifmnl found the oven door ohNtruoteil 
by "the rHinmiHh clowns. " They did not budge. Hi- hfNitnted 
II inoint'iit. Thr landlady saw, calmly put down her work, and 
coining up, pulled a bircinf man or two hither, nnd puithed a 
hirchte man or two thither, with the inifNisHive eountenanrc 
of u housewife moving her furniture. "Turn about Is fair 
pUy," she said; 'ye have l>een dry this ten minuten am) 
better," 

Her experienced eye wan not deceived ; Gorgonil had done 
stewing, and begun Imkiiig. I>eliarred the stove, they trundled 
home, all but one, who stood like a table, where the landUdv 
had moved him Ut, like a table. And (iemnl Iwked his 
pudding; and gettiim to the stove, burst into steam. 

The door opened, and in Hlw a bundle oi straw. 

It was hurled by a hind with a pitchfork. Another and 
another came flying after it, till the room was like a clean farm- 
yard. Theite were then <lis)>ertied round the stove in layers, 
like the Heats in an arena, and in a moment the company was 
all on its back. 

The lieds had come. 

Gerard took out his pudding, and found it deliciouH. Wh ic 
he was relishhig it, the woman who had given it him, and who 
was now abed, beckoned him again. He went to her bundle 
side. "She is waithig for you," whispered the woman. Gerard 
returned to the stove, and gobbled the rest of his aausage, cast- 
ing uneasy glances at the Undlady, seated silent as fate amid 
the prostrate multitude. Tlie food Imlted. he went to her, and 
said, "Thank you kindly, dame, for waiting for me." 

" You are welcome," said she calmly, making neither much 
nor little of the favour ; and with that began to gather up 
the feathers. But Gerard stopped her. "Nay, that is my 
task ; " and he went down on his knees, and collected them 
with ardour. She watched him demurely. 

" I wot not whence ye come, ' said she, with a relic of dis- 
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- ^^ll'zrt:;-:;-^ t^ r--^ - "- 

......': s;r;;;";i,,r:„.^':;;;„'" <:•■-"' '- "- -^ ■•/ 

"l> th.- mi.l„.».-, ,,,„,;„""' »''•""■■• " »"" '"■ who luid (...(.^l 
• It «ns I, ■ ..„„! (i„„„, 

IJn. it Hh>| you U c it ' " ' I tl 

rapidly ovj-r th. .uten„„li,url;I;:"'";.T'' .'"'r ""<'"•»( 
•()ii« KtXKl turn cl.scnes ,.,.„tl. ■ . •^'"' ''^•" '"<• »"). 

jr^titud.e„dcdi:'i' :>';>;- ««•- ..«•.! ...d i.ts 

|n hi. „,„«. ., ,,h h;'„;'^ 'i^ '":.^ d';:"""?"'; "^ ,''•" "nuor 
hi. «n,„ .,„! ^ ^j;:-,, iT-L^-ITs ,Xd hi' "'™ '-"'' 

And »iun tlwy were «|| „,|e,.n . ' """ *"<-«thed hi. m.se iii il. 

orehe.tn. ,l„w|y tuning; ,.„d (ieraiXL^irf '■''''"' "" 

Oenn«,y.a„dhi.,„im^a»„way7oS^vr„^4!;:^' "" ''"* "' 

pitchfork deLu.drd tn^kCeld if Ji., "*■"''>■' '""' ■"■ °f 'h-' 
u™.l, and «ei„g G«^ eve f*" ,'"" " ',"""•• "'»"• ">.n 
jurt bought from Vhrlw hoL ?^"* r'"'-'"" 'X' h-^ 
"Drink y^ur fill, ,Z,' J^i ^ 1 ," "P^^'J" t" ^'^ "l»- 
pay for the delicious drauX toid hi™ '^'^"":^ "ffering to 
«m.„ might .wallow. "kf.fulT,„nT' '" ""i™^ 1«""'» 'hat 

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his benefactress of Uit night, uul « huge-chested artisui, her 
husband. 

Gerard thanlced her, and in tl e spirit of the age offered her 
a creutzer for her pudding. 

But she repulsed his hand quietly. " For what do you take 
me?" said she, colouring faintly; "we are travellers and 
strangers the same as you, and bound to feel for those in like 
plight." 

ilien Gerard blushed in his turn and stammered excuses. 
The hulking husband grinned superior to them both. 
" Give the vixen a kiss for her pudding, and cry quits," said 
he, with an air im|>artial, judge-like and Jove-like. 

Gerard obeyed the lofty behest, and kissed the wife's cheek. 
" A blessing go with you both, good people," said he. 

"And God speed you, young man!" replied the honest 
couple ; and with that they parted, and never met again in this 
world. 

The sun had just risen : the rain-drops on the leaves glittered 
like diamonds. The air was fresh and bracing, and Gerard 
steered south, and did not even remember his resolve of over- 
night. 

Eight leagues he walked that day, and in the afternoon 
came upon a huge building with an enormous arched gateway 
and a postern by its side. 

" A monastery ! " cried he joyfully ; " 1 go no further lest I 
fare worse." He applied at the postern, and on stating whence 
he came and whither bound, was instantly admitted and directed 
to the guest-chamljer, a large and lofty room, where travellers 
were fed and lodged gratis by the charity of the monastic orders. 
Soon the bell tinkled for vespers, and Gerard entered the church 
of the convent, and from his place heard a service sung so ex- 
quisitely, it seemed the chou: of heaven. But one thing wa« 
wanting, Margaret was not there to hear it with him, and this 
made him sigh bitterly in mid rapture. At supper, plain but 
wholesome and abundant food, and good beer, brewed in the 
convent, were set before him and his fellows, and at an early 
hour they were ushered into a large dormitory, and the number 
being moderate, had each a truckle bed, and for covering, 
sheepskins dressed with the fleece on ; but previously to this a 
monk, struck by his youth and beauty, questioned him, and 
soon drew out his projects and his heart. When he was found 
to be convent bred, and going alone to Rome, he became a 
personage, and in the morning they showed him over the 
convent and made him stay and dine in the refectory. They 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

gave him a silver «uilden to help him on the ra«J, imd advised 

and not lace olone the manifold perils of the way " 

Penis ? said Gerard to himself 
Ihat evening he came to a small stragglinit town where wu 
one mn: it had no sign; but being now betUr versid ta 7l^ 
custom, of the country, he detected it at onee b; the c.«ts of 
X h«d ,' ?"'■■ ^^^'^ '^'o"*"' "> *>>« 'U'tinguished "sitoR 
^ft these c!;/" " '".'lf"»t epochs since it, foundation, a^ 
etl these customary tokens of their patronage. At nrewnt it 
looked more hke « mausoleum than a hotel* Xoth n7mov^ 
nor «>unded either in it or about it. Gerard hannnered oTthe 
*hl TVT '■ r '^'''"- "^ '■'•"««'i •• no reply After a 

ciutfouslv like a U'-"'. T'"^' " '"""'^ '■«'«' P"'™ded 
cautiously, like a tortoises trom ts shell, and eved fier»r<l 
stohdiy, but never uttered a syllable ^ 

"Is this an inn .' " asked Gerard, with a covert sneer 

no^JeVbutlLT ° '"'" ' '™"" "'"'''■■ ^^'""'"">' " 

" Can I have entertainment here > " 
sultn^ ""/ ''^'"'^ pondered and ended by nodding, hut 
int™U"r.>s."'"'"^ » ^'""' overburdened wi^h cateh-V, 

"How am I to get within, ant plea.se you .' " 
if and a *h', 5"^ '^^ '"' "" "' "•" '»*' "i-^'ion had shot 
bui.d^g^ai'dlmZCr^lin^r ""'"' ""= ""^ "^ "« 
Gerard followed the indication, and after some research dis- 
covered that the fortification had one vuhierable ^ITrsmal 
ow door on ,t, flank. As for the main entrance, thT™ us«^ 
to keep out thieves «,d customers, except once or twice in. ve« 
when they entered together, i.e., wh^n some duke or Ju^t 
arnyed in pomp with his train of gaudy ruffians 

Gerard, having penetrated the outer fort, soon found his way 
to the stove (as the public room was called trom the prine7^ 
article m it), and wt down near the oven, in which were o^ 
a few live embers that diffused a mild and irateful heat ' 

After waiting patiently a long time, he asked a grim old 
tuii::! T; k" '""? ""ite bearf, who sUlked soIemnly^Si^md 
tum«l the hour-glass, and then was sUlking out, when sun^r 

- " When ^TSt-'l^rT'"'"'' """'?" ""^ «""'^ ™ h^ «"K- 
^^hen I see thrice as rauiy here as now." Gefard 

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not built fur one," saiil he : " il'you can't wait for the rest, look 
out for another lodging." 

Gerard sighed. 

At ;!:Is the greybeart! frowned. 

Afler a while company trickled steadily in, till full eighty 
persons of various conditions were congregated^ and to our 
novice the place became a chamber of horrors ; for here the 
mothers got together and compared ring^vorms, and the men 
scraped the mud off' their shoes with their knives, and left it on 
the floor, and combed their long hair out, inmates included, and 
made their toilet, consisting generally of a dry rub. Water, 
however, was brought in t.-wt*rs. (xerard pounced on one of 
these, but at sight of the lt(juid contents lost his temper and 
said to the waiter, " Wash you first your water, and then a man 
may wash his hands withal." 

" An* it likes you not, seek another inn ! " 

Gerard said nothing, but went quietly and courteously be- 
sought an old traveller to tell him how far it was to the next 
inn. 

** About four leagues." 

Then Gerard appreciated the grim pleasantry of th* unlwnd 
ing sire. 

That worthy now returned with an armful of wood, and 
cnuiitiniT the travellers, put on a log for everj' six, by which 
act of raw justice the hotter the room the more heat he added. 
Poor Gerard noticed this little flaw in the ancient man's logic, 
but carefully suppressed ever)' symptom of intelligence, lest his 
feet should have to carry his brains four leagues farther that 
night. 

When persiration and suffocation were far advanced, they 
brought in the table-cloths ; but oh, so brown, so dirty, and so 
coarse ; they seemed like sacks that had been worn out in 
agriculture and come d wn to this, or like shreds from the main- 
sail of some worn-out ship. The Hollander, who had never seen 
such linen even in nightmare, uttered a faint crj-. 

" What is to (!o ?" inquired a traveller. Gerard pointed rue- 
fully to the dirty sackcloth. The other looked at it with lack 
lustre eye, and comprehended nought. 

A Burgutidian soldier with his arbalest at his back came 
peeping over Oerani's shoulder, and seeing what was amiss, 
laughed so loud that the room rang again, then slapped him on 
the back and cried, "Courage! le diable est mort." 

Gerard stared : he doubted alike the good tidings and their 
relevancy ; but the tones were so hearty and the urbalestrier"4 
face, notwithstanding a formidable beard, was so gay and genial 
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thut he smile,!, „„d after a pause said .Iryly, " II a bien fail- 

.,s:r.T"' ■'■' "'■""' "" • " '™*.""dS 

fr„.« the stream. oT^^rde 1 "trt^aL^l'^SlS 
.It them, but "could no moro,' as the noets Jv Th^S^ ^ 
Kundia., swore by the liver and 'spike-stLffrt e^ e^nLrioT 
the natives had outwitted him. Then tumin.,^/- .^ J ' 

^?n:»:i;:-Jt^^^;-vSll"^--" 
ijsl-x-z-er ' — ^- -«es!^a:;-p:ssHr;L: 

e»^^ J""*!. '"''°'l T*.*" " '"'^'' "*' ™»- ^"""Icula in a wicker 
cage. A cheese had been surrounded with littT» IJ^- i 

strings; then a hole made in it anfa liX , u '^i^I'S.u'rL 
n. Th.s speedily bred a small but numerous ven^^ w"^ 
the cheese was so rotten with them that only the twi« a^d 
stnng kept it fron, tumbling to pieces and w^alktag To,^ 
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and menagerie were put down right under the Uutchman's 
organ of self-torture. He recoil^ with a loud ejaculation, 
and hung to the bench by the calves of his legs. 

"What is the matter?" said a traveller disdainfully. "Does 
the good cheese scare ye? Then put it hither, in tf name 
of all the saints!" 

"Cheese!" cried Gerard, "I see none. These nauseous 
reptiles have made away with every bit of it." 

"' 'J," replied another, "it is not gone far. By eating of 
the mites we eat the cheese to boot." 

" Nay, not so," said Geraid. " These reptiles are made like 
us, and digest their food and turn it to foul Hesh even as we do 
ours to sweet; as well might you think to chew grass by eating 
of grass-fed beeves, as to eat cheese by swallowing these un- 
cleanly insects." 

Gerald raised his voice in uttering this, and the company 
received the paradox in dead silence, and with a distrustful 
air, like any other stranger during which the Burgundian, 
who understood German but imperfectly, made Gerard Gallicise 
the discussion. He patted his interpreter on the back. " C'est 
bien, raon gars : plus fin que toi n'est pas bete," and administered 
his formula of encouragement ; and Gerard edged away from 
him ; for next to ugly sights and ill odours, the poor v. retch 
disliked profaneness. 

Meantime, though shaken in argument, the raw reptiles were 
duly eaten and relished by the company, and seried to provoke 
thirst, a principal aim of all the solids in that part of Germany. 
So now the company drank garaimes all round, and their 
tongues were unloosed, and oh, the Babel ! But above the 
fierce clamour rose at intervals, liV, .some hero's war-crj- in 
battle, the trumpet-like voice of the Burgundian soldier shout- 
ing lustily, " Courage, eamarades, le diable est mort ! " 

Entered grisly Ganymede holding in his hand a wooden dish 
with circles and semicircles marked on it In chalk. He put it 
down on the table and stood silent, sad, and sombre, as Charon 
by Styx waiting for his boatload of souls. Then pouches 
and purses were rummaged, and each threw a coin into the 
dish. Gerard timidly observed that he had drunk next to 
no beer, and inquired how much less he was to pay than the 
others. 

" What mean you ? " said Ganymede roughly. " Whose fault 
is it you have not drunken ? Are all to suffer bec.-iuse out- 
chooses to be a milksop ? You will pay no more than the rest, 
and no less." 

Gerard was abashed. 

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"Courage, petit le (liable est mort," hiecnugheil the soldier, 
and flung O/iinint:!.- a .uin. 

" You arc ab bad as he is," said the old man peevishly ; "you 
are paying too much ; " and the tyrannical old Aristides re- 
turned him some coin out of the trencher with a most reproach- 
ful countenance. And now the nwn whom Gerard had confuted 
an hour and a half ago awoke from a brown study, in which he 
had been ever since, and came to him and said, " Yes; but the 
honey is none the worse for passing through the bees' bellies." 

Gerard stared. The answer had been so long on the n.ad 
he hadnt an idea what it was an answer to. Seeing him 
(Jumbfoundered, the other concluded him confuted, and with- 
drew calmed. 

The bedrooms were upstairs, dungeons with not a scrap of 
furniture except the bed, and a male servant settled inexorably 
who should sleep with whom. Neither money nor prayers 
would get a man a bed to himself here ; custom forbade it 
sternly. You might as well have asked to monopolise a see- 
^w. They assigned to Gerard a man with a great black beard. 
He was an honest fellow enough, but not perfect; he would 
not go to bed, and nou/d sit on the edge of it telling the 
wretched Gerard by force, and at length, the events of the 
day, and alternately laughing and crying at the same circum- 
.stonces, which were not in the smallest degree pathetic or 
humorous, but only deail trivial. At last Gerard put his fingers 
m his ears, and lying down in his clothes, for the sheets were 
too dirty for him to undress, contrived to sleep. But in an 
hour or two he awoke cold, and found that his drunken com- 
panion had got all the feather bed ; so mighty is instinct. They 
lay between two beds ; the lower one hard and made of str»w, 
the upper soft and filled with feathers light as down. Gentnl 
pulled at it, but the experienced drunkard held it fa-st mechani- 
cally. Gerard tried to twitch it away by surprise, but instinct 
was too many for him. On this he got out of bed, and kneeling 
down on his bedfellow's unguarded side, easily whipped the 
prize away and rolled with it under the bed, and there lay on 
one edge of it, and curled the rest round his shoulders. Before 
he slept he often heard something grumbling and growling 
above him, which was some little satisfaction. Thus Instinct 
was outivitted, and victorious Reason lay chuckling on feathers, 
and not quite choked with dust. 

At peep of day Gerard rose, flung the feather bed upon his 
snoring companion, and went in search of milk and air. 

A cheerful voice hailed him in French: "What ho ! you are 
up with the sun, comrade." 

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" He rises betimes that lies in a tlojy's lair," answered (ieranl 
crossly. 

"Courage, Tami ! le dialile est mort," was the instant reply. 
The soldier then told him his name was Denys, and he was 
pMslng from Flushing in Zealand to the Duke's French domi- 
nions ; a change the more agreeable to him, as he should revisit 
his native place, and a host of pretty girls who had wept at his 
departure, and should hear French "spoken again. "And who 
are you, and whither bound ? " 

"My name is Gerard, and I am going to Rome," said the 
more reserved Hollander, and in a way that invited no further 
confidences. 

"All the better; we will go together as far as Burgundy." 
" That is not my road." 
"All roads take to Home." 
" Ay, but the shortest road thither is my way." 
" Well, then, it is 1 who must go out of ray way a step for 
the sake of good company, for thy face likes me, and thou 
speakest French, or nearly. 

"There go two words to that bargain," said Gerard coldly. 
" I steer by proverbs too. They do put old heads on young 
men's shoulders. • Bon loup mauvais compagnon, dit le brebis ; ' 
and a soldier, they say, is near akin to a wolf." 

"They lie,' said Denys; "besides, if he is, 'les loups ne se 
mangent pas entre eux.' " 

" Ay, but, sir soldier, I am not a wolf ; and thou knowest, ' a 
bien petite occasion se saisit le loup du moutoii,' " 

"Let us drop wolves and sheep, being men; my meaning is, 
that a good soldier never pillages— a comrade. Come, young 
man, too much suspicion becomes not your years. They who 
travel should learn to read faces ; methinks you might see lealty 
in mine sith I have seen it in youm. Is it yon fat purse at 
your girdle you fear for.'" (Gerard turned pale.) "Look 
hither ! " and he undid his belt, and poured out of it a double 
haridful of gold pieces, then returned them to their hiding-place. 
" There is a hostage for you," said he ; " carrv you that, and 
let us be comrades," and handed him his belt, gild and all. 

Gerard stared. "If I am over prudent, you have not 
enow." But he (lushed and looked pleased at the other's trust 
ni him. 

" Bah ! I can reail faces ; and so must you, or you'll never 
take your four bones safe to Rome. " 

" Soldier, you would find me a dull companion, for my heart 
is very heavy," said Gerard, yielding. 
" I'll cheer you, raon gars." 

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H.;;^;i';^ffl.;™'^;-„^r^,n:;^ - -^ 

l.eart?wUh r; 'cZteTS' ""^ ' ^'^P "-ei, poor „,„e 
estmort.' Ha! haT* <^"™««'- '""t le monde, le di.ble 

-Rhine. „,,;, G„,7li^i; 1»'S ,"^ '"" ''° '"«="•" " f« 
An,e„ ! «i,| Deny., „„j ,ift,H ^is cap. - K„ av«,t ! " 

little ine^TentrwherevTrlhevI T ""''if "'""'' "''" """^^ 

"P," .aid he But whe^ver ,h™''f n'""'' '\''"' " *'*^'' ">«"< 
he pulled « Ions W S™' IhT.h '" *'"'/. "r"' " ?"«'- 
and fearlessly Jou~d „! '""?'" '''^:. '•=™'™'i lather's blessine, 
o«ler as not tH^u." ■'"';' "^' -f «em,an wo«ls in such 
his cap t^ evlJ^man "h," h*'' ^^"T """'"''■ "« '''''ftd 
With ia^le eye^d^sZed her Z r^ ^ ""S^' ^'^ht of, and 
heron it in hU natfvT tn-.J ''"' f^^J""-^. «nd complimented 
and at ea.h carton oL'f' """" ^"P*"* *" »"ch matters ; 
and he would^o™ ?„T, "- ,ff T"' "^f"" """" •"» '^"«»'»* 
indeed he did fhJ!t ".J ""= '™"' '° circumvent it; and 

desXh,%'d trted"" to tir '••'\'''"'''""« "«'"- a"d 
;>jPM in and "HT u^Ln^ tst """•^e ^T^ ""''n''''"^ 
'A«k,hereisBeel.ebu^ah,tSgofm;e^-^'"= """ "y- 
No you forget he is dead," objlcte.1 Ge3. 

the tkrCa^uS„ted"llt 'r"h '""^ "■!:'• ""' '"'""« 
f«.m City tocity:?pTCnTn's Ert:"?" "'^ ""^ ««^ -- 
huch was Denys in time of peace 

'^:l LTu ;;p »" - '™™"" - -■- ^"Citro's 
£S,^-^,^---~rs;. 

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Ik, .Zfl-T »"™""„''er., K,«„l man; dont'ye now, it do 
maKe my nesh creep so. 

They scoured the village for food, and ended by .upping „„ 
rOMted eggs and brown bread. '^'^ * 

At a very early hour their rh.mbemiairi came for them. It 

n'..* "7:,''''«l'ed Old fellow with a lanthom. 

They followed him He led them across a dirty farm-yard, 
where they h«l much ado to pick their st.p,, ^d brought 
them into a cow-house. There, on each side of every cow 

X TK L° "" ",'""'' ""^ * ""^ bundle of ditti for a 
pillow. The old man l,K.ked down on this hi. work with 

sre„THr".tng'"crtti:-""'"'- """^'' "» ^'■•' -* ^'•™«"' 

ro<;m'?o'tu™.'' "'"' •""" ""= ^' *»""• They have scarce 
" Oh ! what, it is not hard on ns then '! " 

_'UT,er. is the hardship.' I have lain among them .11 my 

ife. Look at me] I »m four score, and never had a headache 

our .m^ ^"1, *'y^'J' •'""? "f lying among the kye. Bles. 

Crl •.< '^' v"" '"■'"'"' ''^ "=" «""=» ™«ter to drink 

nor^Chnstians. You try it ! ■ and he sUmmed the bedroom 

" Denys, where are you ? " whined Gerard. 
*' Here, on her other side." 
" What are you doing > " 

.niJ 1*"°^ "°'',v^' IS near as I can guess, I think I must be 
gomg to sleep What are you at ? ' 

" 1 am saying my prayers." 

" Forget me not in them ! " 

"Is it likely .» Denys, I shall soon have done: do not go to 
Sleep, I want to talk. * 

sl,v' ""''""'' ""T'J?' ' f^'-^ugh-likc-floaUng in the 
sky — on a warm cloud. * 

" Denys ! " 

" Augii ! eh I hallo ! is it time to get up ? " 

" Alack, no. There, I hurried my orisons to talk ■ and l,«k 
at you, going to sleep! We shall L starved before mom^^g 
havmg no coverlets. •""■imijj, 

" Well, you know what to do." 

"Not I, in sooth." 

" Cuddle the cow." 

" Thank you." 

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field of little on a Zty "Z T I £" ^^l '" I" "" "■« 
ntkfd, with nothi.,,, t„ £ " ' ""' '"'her day, slork 

fellow', Jl CuZ M^^'LnT''*""" '"" ""■ ^— » -f • 
^^ HorHbl. ! horrible ! Tell m. all .b„„i j. , oh, hul thi. i, 

vic"4:"burit'':^t"u!!'!!L'»"'*' "',»^^T'. "" -n . little 
t«, 7p. „d I aCngthem .' '"""' "'■'«"««'"•=" '""••d their 

out ^fte? irX gtlj'^^-'n'lln'i^tl''" '!■,« '""«' - 
grapes. It is riifht b™mtl^" ° . •"■" ""= "«l<leii 

minstrel ph™,e, for-auch ^L . ""^ *" i*" "'«^ '•'^ in 
WMl?" ™gh-I am sleepy. Augh-n„w where 

" "V°lT 'V"^™"'' ""^^;C^"' """'« «" <"■' '"^ 

dead ^Td^f o„'^h'^:;rof1,'ll°" ^"«*'«,"'''' "«" "rip the 
"No; you were dead." 

wi^^t „™h;'"e::™e I''shreTd%™\rth'^'"H.t »'"■'"-= "-' 

™my wo„„i.r,rsto;M a"l tlTrivuretTr"' "" '"°"' 

'^'A:jttr,-iry^of£i^«'''?v^^^ 

and true enouS. he w« d!J^l "*"■ '' "°,""^' "P ^ h™. 

with him into.d'itch hari b^and ther,"^ ''™' ^ ™"'^ 
me in the momina Droneriv?. ' ..u "J' ""nirades (bund 

dead Fleming for f he^Z-e tfr "^ """' """'''^' ""'' ''"«R'"g « 

»id^bythemenofXSr"*:k™tUt.-^^ """"^ "" " 
" I >.y-oh, what stout heart, some men have ) " 
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•■ Nentce pa., p'tll? .Soulier thai sort— thiiin-lh(» Mirt 
thinjf is heaven. Sott— warm— )ji«k) mrapany, enmra<l«ntow_ 
ciw'aue— iliable— m— omk !" 

And the glib ton){iic waa still for some hours. 
In the moniinK ficrani wa« wakenefl l>j a liquid hittinjj 
his eye, and it was Denys employing the <ow'» udder lu. a 
M|ulrt. 

"Oh, fie!" cried (lerard, "to waste the romI milk:" and 
he took a horn out of his wallet. "Fill this! Iii.t indeed 
I see not what rinhl wi; have u< meddle with her milk 
at all." 

" Make your mind easy ! lj«t night la camanule was not 
nice ; but what then, tnie friendship dispenses with ceremony. 
To-day we make as free with her." 
" Why, what did she do, fnioT thing f " 
" Ate my pillow." 
" H« ! ha ! " 

" On waking I had to hunt for mv head, and found it down 
in the sUble gutter. She ate our pillow from u», we drink f>ur 
pillow from her. A votre, sante, inadame ; et sans rsncune ; ' 
and the dog drank her milk to her own health. 

" The ancient was right, though," said (ieraid. " \ever have 
I risen so refreshed since 1 left mv native land. Henceforth 
let us shun great towns, and still lie in a convent or a cowhouse; 
for I'd liever sleep on fresh straw, than on linen well washed 
sii months agone; and the breath of kine it is sweeter than 
that of Christians, let alone the garlic, • ich men and women 
folk affect, but cowen abhor from, and > ;o I, St. Bavon be my 
witness ! " 

The soUlier eyed him from head i, foot: " Xow but for 
that little tuft on your chin I should take you for a girl • 
and by the finger-nails of St. Luke, no ill-favoured one 
neither." 

These three towns proved types and repeated themselves 
with slight variations for many a weary league ; but even when 
he could get neither a convent nor a cow-house, Gerald 
learned !■• time to steel himself to the inevitable, and l„ 
emulate nis comrade, whom hi looked on as almost super- 
human for hardihood of body and s|>irit. 

There was, however, a balance to all this veneration. 
Denys, like his predeccssi>r Achilles, had his weak part, his 
very weak part, thought fierard. 
His foible was "woman." 

Whatever he wa.s saying or doing, he stopped short at sight 
of a farthingale, and his whole soul liecame occupied with that 
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..r out, at which th.-y ,t«reil ; «„d when hr m,-! « wr^nt Kirl 

r,?U 1^ 1 ' L ' ',"""'""'>l'- •f«t "f which was, that she 

suddenly drew herself i,,. ,|uit, stifl' like a soldier ™ Irade' 

and wore a lorbiddiiig cmnlenanc.'. panne, 

•■ They drive me to despair," sai.l Denys. " Is that a ii,st 

sT^Hr^wr-'""""""^' •'-'>■ "' i-i'."".- 'w,;;;: 

holL""lL'^7'1'?'' ""^ ^"" "P''^' f""" """"-" '»>«t wear no 
L^ JT "■"* • ." ""' "™ "'■ 'h™ '•" «hc,o„ > They 

seem to me resenwl and m.Klest, as incomes their sex, and 
wber whereas the men are little better than l>eer*lir«k 
Would yon have them brazen a, well a, boseles, ? " 

A little affability «k.ms even beauty," sighed Denys. 

Then let them alone, sith they are not to your taste" 
retorted Gerard. " What, is ,her« no sweet (let in Bur 
^^dyjhat would pale to see you » wrappe.l up h. rtrJ^.^e 

" Half-a-doaen that would cry their eyes out." 
"Well then I" ' 

" But it is a lonj{ way to Burgrindy." 

and w^ll^^""^ t"!' ""'^ ""' '" *''" ^^""^ ' ""> 'here, sleeping 
and wakmg, and almost every minute of the day " 

•; n Burgundy .> Why, I thouRht yon had never " 

In Burgundy.' cried flerard contemptuously. "No in 
sweet Sevenbergen. Ah ! well-a-clay ! well4wlay i " ' 

.Many such dialogues as this passed lietween the ,>air on the 
long and wear,- road, and neither eould change the other 

One day aU.ut noon they reached a town of some pretensions, 
and Gerar-1 w« gla,I, for he wanted to buy a [«ir of shoes hi 
Z r'^Zl^f """" °"'- , '■'"^y ^°"" f""'"' » "hop that .lis- 

ert™d''it*^.^h''"''J:' "l'"' ■""'■'^ "'■ '" "' '""' »-"W h-e 
entered it, but the shopkeeper sat on the door-stei> takinu a 
narv and was so fat as to bLk up the lurrow doorway fth! 
very light could hardly straggle ,«st his "too, too solid fl^h," 
much less a carnal customer. 

n.et'h ^f ' "'"'^'^L "censtomed, when they go shopping, to l« 
waved L"'*' "",'' ""t,' "',"' ^'^'- »"" -eathedTmiles, and 
shopman flings himself half across the counter in a semicircle to 
learn their commands, am best appreciate this niediaival Teutuii 
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who kept a shop hh tt dog keepA n kennel, and %at at the ex- 
rliulon of cuhtnni Nnoring like a \A^. 

Denyn and Gerard stood and cmitt'ni plated this ciirimity; 
emblem, pennit me to remark, ot' the lets and hindrance* to 
commerce that rhitractrrised his epoch. 

"Jump over him !" 

" The dour is too low. 

" March through him ! " 

"The, iwd-i U UK) thick." 

"Wf.t; s the cod?" inquired a intimbling voice from the 
interior; apprentice with hi* mouth full. 

"We want to get into your shop." 

" What for, in Heaven s name .*?!!!" 

" Sfaoon, lacy bones ! " 

The ire of the apprentice began to rise at Huch an explanation. 
" And could ye find no hour out of all the twelve to come 
pfHtering UK for shoon, but the one little, little hour my roaster 
take-^ his nap, and I ^it down to my dinner, when all the rest of 
the world iti full long ago } " 

Oenys heard, but could nut follow the senfte. "Wa-^te no 
more time talking their German gibberish," said he ; " take out 
thy knife and Ucklc his fat ribs." 

•'That will I not," said Gerard. 

"Then here goes; I'll prttiig him with thiit." 

Gerard seized the mad fellow's jinn in dismay, for he had 
been long enough in the country to guess that the whole town 
would take part in jiny brawl with the native against a stranger. 
But Denyn twisted away from him, and the crossbow bolt in hi^ 
httud wa« actually on the road tn the sleeper's ribs; but at that 
very moment two females crossed the road towards him; he 
saw the blissful vision, and instantly forgot what he was about, 
and awaited their approach with unreasonable joy. 

TIjotigh com|)anions, they were not equfiU, except in attrac- 
tiveness to a BurguiHian crossbow man ; for one was very tall, 
the other short, and by one rtf those anomalien which society, 
however primitive, s|)cedily establishes, the long one held up 
the little one's tail. The tall one wore a plain linen coif on her 
head, a little grogram cloak over her shoulders, a grev kirtle. 
and a short farthingale or )}etticoat of bright red cloth, and feet 
and legs quite bare, though her arms were veiled in tight linen 
sleeves. 

The other a kirtle broatlly trimmed with fur, her arms in 
double sleeves, whereof the inner of yellow satin clung to the 
skin ; the outer, all befurred, were open at the inside of the 
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tlb..*- ,u«l .Ml,.. „„„ j^,^ ,h„,„^h .nd !«•« thrui .iui^ling. 
\elvel hrad-,lrr« hu„<. puiw .t 0ni\,: g„rK,ou. Irali. ' A 
irg,. AiiU thu, thfj- ,„inr on, the .•iliim ■» nife utriilt .. .., 
I .iT ,«"'""« »•*"■ holding hrr iniitnu'. Iimin .lev "■' .„ 
in U.A ""'' 'r'"""" ""'' """linK li'-r lithf li,«l» ,,ri-"ilily 
cnouKh lo da u l,„„^„r (if „„, ,„.Md for time) /. llanUm, 
with n guln,.,.-hr„ icppi,,^ obsequious .t il» »tnt,ly lltrl. 

hi, iMKrunl mad.' sImiKht for Ihr «h.«miikrr', .hol>. Ocnv. 
outed lo. ; the «.,r,hi,.f,il l«ly noddfd Rroclously, but rapidly . 

^hiZu^7:r "" .''"":.''u"' "'"'" "" '■"'■■ '"'"' " ""'""=ni 

woke. I h.. inoim,,!,. sliultrr ri>iiiK and grun>l)llni{ v.iruelv, tin- 
adv swept in and .hi^n.,! him no further noticr. He related 

tecled It from t ,.■ ImiH-rtinenee of n.oml„K calls. NeiKhbiurs 

should l>r nei({hb<mrly. c.dnoour. 

Denys and Gerardfollowed th.- .ligniiy into the shop, «here 

««t the .pprentice at dinner; the n,«id stood outside iiti, her 

he'rTus'""*''^^' ""''"* "'*''''"'' ""■ *""' "'"' ^Pl'"'" " »'"' 

1 "^''""nJ'.T'T'" "?'"' ""■ '"«"">' '"^'%' poinlInK with an 
mperiou, ittle white hand to some yellow ,h<!« gild*^ at the 
toe. Whde the apprentice stood stock still, neutralised by his 
dinner and his duly, Denys sprang at the shoes, and brought 

her foot, shod, but hoseless and scented. IJown went Denys on 
hi. knees, and drew o8' her shoe, and tried the new ones on 
the white skin de™.,tly. Finding she had a willing victim, she 

Th"'*'^!. «°?'""""">'"*'^ """ """^ l^i-- '»<' th«» "notlier. 
!h^m If «g«'n, and m on, l«lanc,ng and hesiUting for 

about half an hour, to Oerards di.gust, and Denys's weak delight. 
At iMt rf.e was fitte.1, and handed two pair of yellow and one 
pair of red shoes out to her servant. TJlen was heanl a sigh. 
It burst from the owner of the shop : ho had risen from slumter 
and was now hovering about, like a partridge near her brood to 
danger. ' Ihere go all my coloured shoes," said he, as they 
Uisapjjeared m the girls apron. ' 

The lady departed: Gerard fitted himself with a stout nalr 
asked the price paid it without a word, and gave his old Sn« 
lo a b*gK«r in the street, who blessed him in the market-place, 
and threw them furiously down a well in the suburbs. The 
.•omrades left the shop, and i., it two melancholy men, that 
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money with su<,.h churls as these " ""^ ""J^ 

se™ ■■ """''""»" '^P"'^'' '•"'"'ly. "They seem indifferent well 

^r^'-'^-rtt^r^lr-"'' -'-- "^-^^^^^^^^^^ 

dark «nd devious windings enabled thos? who w^ Cul^ 

yew''wey.",'el„t^ 'rh' ""'Ih' '"'"^ ^'^•'er hanX'„rLh"^r 

siroKe ol tlie blade. Gerard bouj^lit one and practised with il 
Denys qu,etly file.! and gn,und hi, bolt sha^ whStCht 
whdst : and when they entered a sloomy wood, h; would umW 

a snap ih" "* "" '"""''' "" " '•»*"■»" -"-'"••'' ""' *« '^ 

Gerard was waUtmg hke one in a .Irean,, thinking of Margaret 
™ hrT n*'"'' "r '""' '"■ "«''•• '""""npanion lawXTd" 
"Hushi-'t rh""" "'r*'' '■" '^"^'>°" *'^ flittering eye 
th»n fl ■ 1 r^' '"." '"* "■"'"P''- that startled Geranlmon^ 
than thunder. Geranl grasped his axe tight, and sh«,k a liW^- 
he heard a rustling in the w.kkI hard by, and at the same 

^rrXTer-rriLvr-Ti^^-^^^^^^^ 

Gerard darted ionvard, and as he ran a young bear bunt out 

uLn i,*"^ ?'" "r" ,•"■»: «■'*"« itsel/inteLpted,"t wen 
upon Its hind legs with a snarl, and though not half IZ^„ 
opened formidable jaws and long cUws. G>ra^ i„ 1 C ; 

tremendous blow on its nose with his axe, and the c«?ture 
sU«gered; another, and it lay grovelling, U, GerarS hlT 

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Thfy walked silently, each tl.iiUuiig ol ti.e separation at 
hand ; the thought checked trifling conversation, and at these 
inoraeiits .t is a relief to do something, however insigni6c«nt 
Gerard asked Denjs to lend him a bolt. " I have often shot 
with a long Iww. but never with one of these ! " 

" Draw thy knife and cut this one out of the cub," said 
Denys alily. 

" Nay, nay, I want a clean one." 
Denys gave him three out of his quiver. 

(ieraril strung the bow, and levelled it at a l)ough that had 
fallen into the road at some distance. The power of the 
instrument surprised him ; the short but thick steel bow jnrrid 
him to the very heel as it went off, and the swift steel shaft 
was invisible in its passage : only the dead leaves, with which 
November had carpeted the narrow road, flew about on the 
other side of the bough. 

" Ye aimed a thought too high," said Denys. 
" What a deadly thing ! no wonder it is driving out the long- 
bow — to Martin's much discontent." 

" Ay, lad," said Denys triumphantly, " it gains ground every 
day, in spite of their laws and their proclamations to keep up 
the yewen bow, because forsooth their grandsires shot with it. 
knowing no better. You see, Gerard, war is not pastime 
Men will shoot at their enemies with the hittingest arm ami 
the killingest, not with the longest and missUigest." 

"Then these new engines I hear of will put both bows 
down ; for these with a pinch of black dust, and a leaden ball, 
and a child's finger, shall slay you Mars and Goliath, and the 
Seven Champions." 

"Fooh! pooh!" said Denys warmly; "petronenorharquebuss 
shall ever put down Sir Arbalest. Why, we can shoot ten times 
while they are putting their charcoal and their lead into their 
leathern smoke belchers, and then kindling their matches. 
All that IS too fumbling for the field of battle ; there a soldier's 
weapon needs be aye ready, like his heart." 

Gerard did not answer, for his ear was attracted by a sound 
behind them. It was a peculiar sound, too, like something 
heavy, but not hard, rushing softly over the dead leaves. He 
tumetl round with some little curiosity. A colossal creature 
was coming down the road at about sixty paces distance. 

He looked at it in a sort of calm stupor at first, but the neit 
moment he turned ashy pale 

" Denys ! " he cried. " Oh, God ! Denys ! " 

Denys whirled round. 

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hot r.'""^" ^-^ -"■ '- <.u«. He«i aown, ,^^, ^ . 

whlj:,!"^ -"-' <■« «w it Den,. „,, „ , ^,^^ 
"THE CUB I" "ckraing 

'.o.«L:'wltrS74,''f'7„^ tija. one „.orf, .,.,p.^, 

he^ tofoot.ule™:."' ''*"^^' "'" Ge™„, .t^, ,h,ki„^ ,„„ 

«nd flew to the^Ttrle^tCt'^ ''"''"' «">- the^' 
Ijf »i<le; „d « they fed^.t'""''"' "' «"a„l the sa^TTn 

fi^entf .f tLVK :rh" r"^' -""" '»- been to™ to 
mome^tattheoub. ' "' '""' "^^^ I""' the bear stl-p^S ^ 

.|;^f Tu'^t^^ir^-.^ - th.^ sbe .. Hunt.,, 

^Vhllt^trintt^-^^ti^ea^l^^^^^^^ 
■»'"« md flew after Denvl ShT^' ""' ''■*™«'' '» be in 

".t^ne Sednr&EHT" ^"" "' ^" 

»low^,buta.,urel/..,lX '«'''' ""• *««"■ '" "ounTit' 
"enyss evil star had l»,l i.- \ 

gu»uer a™, wj fTn .tX top^ HetcS^J"!" """■ ^» 
"»t for gome bough of another tt» . "''"' "^ «■•>■ and 
none; and if he fumped^^n hTk ''"^« *"• The-^ "« 
J» him ere he ioulf^'ver ,he f^n''' f' **" """W b^ 
of him. Moreover, DenT^l uJ, ''"• ?'' '°«"'e ^ort »„" 
»■> dang", and h/s w2d l« ni '"^'' .'° '"™'"« <>*» K 
turned to bay. "^ *" """g «t being hunted. He 

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" My hour is come," thought hr. " Let me meet de.th like 
a man •• He kneeled down and grasped a small shoot to steady 
himself, drew his long knife, and clenuhing his teeth, prepared 
to job the huge brute as soon as it should mount within reach. 

Of this combat the result was not doubtful. ,_, , . 

The monsters head and nt -k were scarce vulnerable for bone 
and masses of hair. The man was going to sting the bear, and 
the bear to crack the man like a nut. 

Gerard's heart was better than his nerves. He saw his 
friend's mortal danger, and passed at once from fear to bhndish 
raie He slipped down his tree in a moment, caught up the 
cissbow, which he had dropped in the ««ld, and running 
furiously up, sent a bolt into the bear's body with a loud shout 
The bear gave a snarl of lage and pain, and turned its he«l 
irresolutely. , , 

" Keep aloof ! ' cried Denys, " or you are a dead man. 

"I cai! lof," and in a moment he had another bolt ready 
and shot it fiercely into the bear, screaming, "lake that ! Uke 

' Denys poured a volley of oaths down at him. "Get away, 

"^'hc was right : the bear finding so formidable and noisy a foe 
behind him, slipped growUng down the tree, rending deep 
furrows in it as she slipped. Gerard ran back to Ins tree am 
climbed it swiftly. But while his legs were danghng some eight 
feet from the ground, the bear came rearing and struck with 
her fore paw, and out flew a piece of bloody cloth from Gerard s 
hose H~ climbed, and climbed ; and presently he heard as it 
were in the .lir a voice say, "Go out on the bough ! He 
looked, and there was a long massive branch before him shoot- 
ing upwaids at a slight angle : he threw his body across it, and 
by a series of convulsive efl'orts worked up it to the end. 

Then he looked round panting. . . u 

The bear was mounting the tree on the other side. He 
heard her claws scrape, and saw her bulge on both sides of the 
massive tree. Her eye not being very quick, she reached the 
fork and passed it, mounting the main stem. Gerara drew 
breath nmrT freely. The bear either heard him, or iound bj 
scent she was wrong: she paused; presently she «'"ght "gt' 
of him. She eyed him steadily, then quietly descended to the 

siowly and cautiously she stretched out a paw and tried the 
bough. It was a stiff oak branch, sound as iron. Imtmct 
Uu|ht the creature this : it crawled carefully out on the bough, 
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Gerwd Iuok«l wildly down. He was forty feet from the 

Ttmt h"'^'r'7■ D»th moving slow but sure r^mta 

fmmVr h''"''V°,"?- ""hwr bristled. The sweat poured 

T ^L . ^J ■'"' ""'P''"' ft"""'"!, tongue-tied. "^ 

As the fearful monster crawled growling towards him, inran- 

Kruous thoughts eoursed through his mtad. Margaret Mhe 

wh'efp'slSo'mrEr^lty"' ""' """ "' " ""■^" ""^ "^ -" 
.uT'^ ''™'' ■'""'••'d on- And now the stupor of death fell on 
the doomed m«,; he saw the open jaws Vnd bloodshot eye" 
inmuig, but in a mist, ■>~u«ioi eyes 

white and silent ^ death, was shooting up at the bear. The 
bear snarled at the twang, but crawled on. Again the cross- 
tow twanged, and the bear snarled and came Searer AgiS, 
'tf '■"*''?.* '7"K!'': "■"' "■<■ n^t moment the bear was 
clo e upon Gerard where he sat, with hair sUnding stiH on end 
and eyes sUrtmg from their sockets, palsied. The bear opened 
her jaws Idee a grave, and hot blood spouted (rom them'^up^ 
Gera^l a.s from a pump The bough "rocked. The wounded 

mto the wood; ,t toppled, its claws held firm, but its bodV 

fo™L ' "k' "l*^ ''^^"' ?'"«'' '" 'he b»nch shook GenTrd 
forward on his stomach with his face upon one of the bear^ 
stmning paws At this, by a convulsive^-ffort, she raised heJ 
head up, up, till he felt her hot fetid breath. Then huge teeth 
Tff ^r^i^Sf'il' '"'•dly <='»»e helow him in the air, witf a last 
effort of baffled hate The ponderous carcass ront the claws out 
of the bough, then pounded the earth with a tremendous thump 
There was a shout of triumph below, and the very next 3t 
a CO- of dismay for Geranl ha.1 sw«,ned, and without an 
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CHAPTER XXV 
OlNYs caught at Gerard, and somewhat checked his faU ; but it 

uZ{^ °K "J'"""" ','^' "'""'^ """'d ''»™ »»ved him from 

breaking hi. neck or a lunb. His best friend now was the 

des^n^T' n "^"^ ^'^ "'"^ ^'' ''"^ «"'' shoulder 

pted still, and her limbs quivered, but a hare was not >o 
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Deoys propped up Gerard agaiiut her^ being soil, and fanned 
him. He came to by degrees, but confused, and feeling the 
bear all around him, rolled away, yelling. 

" Courage," cried Denys, " le diable est mort." 

" It It dead ? quite dead ? " inquired Gerard from behind a 
tree ; for hit courage was feverish, and the cold fit was on him 
just now, and had l^en for some time. 

" Behold." said Denys, and pulled the brute's ear play- 
fully, and opened her jaws and put in his head, with other 
insulting ai'tics, in the midst of which (xerard was violently 
sick. 

Denys laughed at liiiii. 

" What is the matter now r " said he; 
your perch just when we had won the day ' 

" I swooned, I trow." 

"ButwAy P" 

Not receiving an answer, he continued, ' 
soon as look at you, but then they choose time and piace. 
woman ever fainted up a tree } " 

" She sent her nasty blood all over me. I think the smell 
must have overpoweretl me. Faugh ! I hate blood." 

" I do believe it potently." 

" See what a mess she ha.s made me ! " 

" But with her blood, not yours. I pity the enemy that 
strives to satisfy you." 

" You need not to brag, Maitre Denys ; I saw you under the 
tree, the colour of your shirt." 

" Let us distinguish," said Denys, colouring ; " it is per- 
mitted to tremble for a friend." 

Gerard, for answer. Hung his arms round Denys's neck in 
silence. 

" Look here," whined the stout soldier, affected by this little 

rsh of natu' and youth, " was ever aught so like a woman ? 
love thee, little milksop — go to. Good ! behold him on his 
knees now. What new caprice is this ? " 

" Oh, Denys, ought we not to return thanks to Him who has 
saved both our lives against such fearful odds ? " And Oerai-it 
kneeled, and prayed aloud. And presently he found Denys 
kneeling quiet beside him, with his hands across his bosom, 
after the custom of his nation, and a tJace as long as his arm. 
When they rose, Gerard's countenance was beaming. 

"Good Denys," said he, " Heaven will reward thy piety." 
'* Ah, bah ! I did it out of politeness," sakl the Frenchman, 
" It was to please thee, little one. C'est egal : 'twas well and 
orderly prayed, and edified me to the core while it lasted A 
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marchons." * * ""' "" "•""• ">ll«t«I with u^_ 

thfrub'r^ ""' "'" ""■ ""I-, "e rtopp«.. -By th, by, 
I^Oh, no, no !" cried Oenrd. 

"Notl." 

" B." iir""??"^ ^ miserable th.t I ,m ! " 
where'"'™' "^"y*- ' «" "»' "-"ed ; I feel no p.in „y. 
"You > you only feel when another is hurt " ^^ r> 

hin,?,r'- '•"'"'" ■"'»'' " '''<■■ ^' Cried, and hurried 
Denys's reply was a very indirect one. 

vont£''re„i7't;:'r J;y%ir;e\',i- " -^ !"=-• 

» novice in war Wa., n„t I . _ ' ^ ' """*' *"'""■ *' y"- 

'* Denys ! " 
"Plait-il?" 
" You lie." 

^_ y . put nis toe to the ground, and that with great 

At last he could bear it no longer 
tnlc,^L."" '"^ ''°"" ""■ '"^'" ■'= ««■"«'• "f<" this i, i,. 
wel^TwTl'''"^ ■""", '■' ""» "ft-^n'oon, and the night. 

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penonage being notoriously defunct. So OeranI leaned upon 
hi» «xe, and hobbled on ; but presently be gave in, all of • 
ludden, and Hnk helpless in the road. 

Denys drew him aside into the wofil, ami to his surprise 
gave him his rrosshow and bolts, enjoining him strictly to He 
quiet, and if any ill-looking fellows should find him out and 
nome to him, to bici there keep aloof; and should they refuse, 
to shoot them dead at twentv paces. " Honest men keep the 
(Wth; and, knaves in a wood, none but fools do jMrley with 
them." With this he snatched up Gerard's aie, and set off 
running— not, as Gerard c«|>ected, towards Dllsseldorf, hut on 
tne n>ad they had cume. 

Gerard lay aching and smarting; and to him Rome, that 
seemed so near at starting, looked far, far off, now that he 
was two hundred miles nearer it. But siion all his thoughts 
turned Sevenbergeu-wards. How sweet it would lie one day 
to hold Margarets hand, and tell her all he had gone through 
for her ! The very thought of it, and her, soothed him ; and 
in the midst of pi^in and irritation of the nerves he lay resigned, 
and sweetly, though faintly, smiling. 

He had lain thus more than two hours, when suddenly there 
were shouts; and the next moment something struck a tree 
hard by, and quivered in it. 
He looked, it was an arrow. 

He sUrted to his feet Several missiles rattled .imong the 
boughs, and the wood echoed with liattle-cries. Whence they 
came he could not tell, for noises in these huge woods are m 
reverberated, that a stranger is always at fault as to their 
whereabout ; but they seemed to fill the whole air. Presently 
there was a lull ; then he heard the Kerce galloping of hoofs ; 
and still louder shouts and cries arose, mingled with shrieks 
and groans ; and above all, strange and terrible sounds, like 
fierce claps of thunder, bellowing loud, and then dying off in 
cracking echoes ; and red tongues of flame shot out ever aiul 
anon among the trees, and clouds of sulphurous smoke came 
drifting over his head. And all was still. 

Gerard was struck with »we. " What will become of Denys ? " 
he cried. "Oh, why dd vou leave me? Oh, Denys, mv 
friend I my friend ! " 

Just before sunset Denys returned, almost sinl-ing under a 
hairy bundle. It was the bear's skin. 

Gerard welcomed him with a burst of joy tl istonishcd 
him. 

■ I thought never to see you again, dear Denys. Were vou 
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" No. What battle ? " 

"The bloody battle nf men, or (ien.1., that raged in the w«d 

.'m/T '"f.'T?' •''"' ''"•"iKently on the baek. 

L'o„d ho,^™r '''.7','"'' »* '«" •"«"» maiKPuvre and fight a 

"What then, you believe me nut? when I tell y„.. ih. 
»rrow^.hi..ed over n,y head, and the eo" ■«.»'„" ToutSd 

_^'^May the foul fiend, flyaway with me if I telieve a word 

" Whv iM^,!?'" iT ""''.P"'"'^'' n"'«"y to a tree elo« by. 
hewen'^ewtndtklS'j;;::.,^'^ "— ' '- ^ " And 

''iXrh'a™!:!->""- • •■"«' "'"^ - "•" 

" How know you that" 

"Many, by its length. The English bowmen ,lraw the Iww 

Ke' An, if .I Ik ""^o"'' ""ere ha. Wen a trifle of . 
for a hattt i ,?"" t" '^"'.' '»'"^- "' «> ridiculous a place 
Duke UtL T ' "^l ""." "" ™ '""''"™ of ■""■', fo" my 
IJuke hath no quarrel hereabout* So lets to bed," »id the 
profewional. And with thi. he srraped together a hean of 
eave,, and m.ule (ierard lie on it, his aiTbv bis side Hlfh 
^.ydown be^de him, w.thone hand ThTsi b-dlt'lnd d"ew the 

" B^t lleil'.'^ 1"'"f T'" "«»"«"<=nt ^ q"i dort dine." 

" Ut u^ m*.^h '?^, '~,'>™'7>- t" ''«P/- ™«PP«^d (ieranl. 

duJg^ce. ' ■ "'''^''^ ^^"y' with Vernal in- 

01 Dears ears rollmg them up m a strip of the skin cut for the 
purpoMi and they took the road. «in, cut lor tfte 

.Jl'^, iTf" °" '■'' ""'' ""* Popped by Denys on the other 
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" I hafp imin," uid CieranI viciously. 
" Therein you ahow judgment." replied pcpa imoothly. 
It WM « clear starlight night ; and soon the moon rising 
revealed the end of the wood at no great distance ; a pleasant 
sight, since Diisseldorf they knew waa but a short leanie 
further. ^ 

At the edge of the wood Ihfy came upon something so 
mysterious that they stopped to gaze at it, before gulng up to 
it. Two white pillan rose In the air, distant a few paces tram 
each other ; and between them stood many figures, that looked 
like human forms. 

" I go no farther till I know what this is." said Gerard in an 
agitated whisper. " Are they effigies of the saints, for men to 
pray to on the road ? or live n>bbers wailing to shoot ilown 
honest travellers? Nay, living men they cannot be, for they 
stand on nothmg that I see. Oh 1 Denys, let us turn back till 
daybreak ; this is no mortal sight." 

Denys halted, and peered long and keenly. " They are men," 
said he at last. Gerard was for turning back all the more. 

" But men that will never hurt us, nor we them. Look not 
to their feet, for that they stand on ! " 

" Where, then, 1' the name of all the saints > " 
"Look over their heads," said Denys gravely. 
Following this direction, Gerard presently discerned the out- 
Ime of a dark wooden beam passing from pillar to pillar ; and 
as the pair got nearer, walking now on tiptoe, one by one dark 
snake-like cords came out In the moonlight, each pendent from 
the beam to a dead man, and tight ai wire. 

Now as they came under this awfol monumenl of crime and 
wholesale vengeance a light air swept by, and several of the 
corpses swung, or gently gyrated, and every r'.|ie creaked, 
(.erard shuddered at this ghastly salute. So thoroughly ha<l 
the gibbet, with Its sickening load, seized and held their eyes, 
that It was but now they perceived a 6re right underneath, and 
a livmg figure sitting huddled over It His axe lay beside him, 
the bright blade shining red in the glow. He was asleep. 

Gerard started, but Denys only whispered, " Courage, com- 
rade, here is a fire." 

" Ay ! but there Is a man at it." 

"There will soon be three;" and he began to heap some 
wood on it that the watcher had prepared j during which the 
prudent Gerard seized the man's axe, and sat down tight on it, 
grasping his own, and examining the sleeper. There was no- 
thmg outwanlly distinctive in the man. He wore the dress of 
the country folk, and the hat of the district, a three-cornered 
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had turned hl.^ "l.^Ti , ^*" .T'*'" "^ "•« "I""'" <l>ii>« 
nothing rem«k.b" Thai hlS n T""' •■"" " " """■ «• 
« Wen K.II0W,, wC forV '^ ""' **'" ''"'^ """'•fng under 

w ^:™''fL'tr£r.":;!;' "-' r"-* "i •" "»'• •"» '- 

hegan to tct them. -T^firl^T. "5 '""•J" ."■"""'h then,, 

S:.i« r^t^'^tn-;:;'. !H'"5?>— • - 

better a lean purrCnet'^Jr' "" """ ■""'" ^ "•" 

"wCrL^TrJ'i.llS"?'" ••«'"'■' >-" "' f-Hl Wf ■■ 

where it .-«t. thrre ™ ?u,'t L'tTn^f "" T" "-■^'' ««' 

th«lyour ™..ted me.T" "'" ' '" """»'" "»'"''• *"™ 

SrrehlH""'' -"" " "■'■ "■"■• • wonSe^r wh."''J,-ur 
the refu« of th„t com™^ wfcf ,h, ,^'.'""' '° ■* "• 

<>e™^^^ttS':;h::L'hei,"- "-" >«'- -« wrf"'.„a 

«y» «t waking .nd 1^11 ™e- ' "*" ^ ""'^ "'"' "h" hi 

o,.?«rh!f e;^"'"r^i;ri'/ The'r" ^J-^" '"« -''"- 

^tnuigcr, eyeing him Sy h statl "^^ IT ""'' '"" 
«verc and pretty »urce«ful Wort Ml' ^ ''""' *" » 
.■.■|.tible trem^or ran .11 Tve" him Llh' "'i'V' P*'" 

"f «.ymg it hr missed his „x,, and «w how rZ™^ 

on'hl""' '""""*'" »•"' '•'■™"' -."-".v. keeping his eye 

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mjikr fm- with my (i,r, ' Mid he ; but he Mld«l in . -.onMwh.l 
Denv, whi.pem) (i„.rd. The w.teher «,e<l Ihem oluuit. 

hi« me^.l."^""'" "'"• "'"' "• •■"" y™' «"• >™ "•••" •»-« 

"S> Iw il,' Mill (h,. nun wiinnly. "I have h«lf ,t Viii 

wXVeH;'l'"t U^ •^■' '" «" '■"-'■"'• .»<rhV.r^' 
*ith « rheerful .ml ol,liRi„^. ,„unlen»nce, «,<! wu n-tirinu 

Th'.?'z ^rNthiTwr"""""*' "'" ""'"^ " •' •""»•"" 

IXrny, Inwewl hl» w„,„„, «„■! ,,m,ted bin, b^-k to h... 
pl«i. lie nwc wd went iMrk .lowly and i,n.le«lilv likl 

' S A '""« r-y. ">'' then d.rt. .nd renUre., 
hit down, friend, „id De„y. grimly. In French. 

woJd of™'„c"h^''"' ""«" ""•* •""'• "'■""''' '"^ ••"" ■""' " 

He'Inl'/i'" "" "■*,'" •!.'" "« «"°"'''> f"^ "■"■■-• 'h»" three. 
He will take my meMiing. 

This being communicated by (Jcnirri, the nwn irriimed • 

ever ,lnce Deny. »p„ke he h«r«.emed ^.tlv ^ eved "1 

wi«t„otyewere»tr«,ger,,"Midheto(ie.5nl, 

.» I. T ?'■'. P''P* "'' "«"'' «"' »'«' "ff'-red it with imce 
to him he h«l jiut levelled croMbow at. *^ 

He look it calmly, and drew a piece of bread from his 

wallet and divided it with the pair.*^ Nay. mo" h.T^.ked 

"nd thru.jt hi, hand into the he.^ of leave, he m o, (Oei^ 

a^d drtl 5 f"'! two „dlons He put it U. hi, mouth, 
and drank their health., then handed it to (Jeraid • liJ 
P««ed It untouched t<i Deriys. v.eram , Iil 

"Mort dc ma vie! ' cried the soldier, "it i, Rhenish wine 
and fit (or the gullet of .p archbishop Heres to hee iZ, 

one. (ome, (leraril, sup! sup Hshaw, never he«l th,>n 

;"""k n' o7 ^It r 'T ''"i""'- "'^ " "«■« "v'er's ; 
. slili of Rhenish as this, and three churis sat beneath , 

amf fhl"'" '""'"' ■"•= ""' " ""P' '•- -ntt'wi-; 
"Deny. I Deny.!" 

!vTn'j:inrtrhe;i_''""' " """" "" "" •»"''• •"•' "- «y' 
h» e«^, and was runrang from the place, when his eye fell 









i:i°;i; i::.i:r "-'•'^"^ "-",;"; t" ".i?"' "^" h^' 

"••n ln«thlni[. ■•\Vin..i'L '"■"•nl tiininl hi> hu<l »«.. 
th. t,..?*"'" ""•' 'he other thTv"r ' «""' "•' *""' '"'nr 

"""'K-ii-rrp-,,':.!^^ 

«^''pHe£{-T ?'^"''~ .^iLr-v'r - 

I" 'hem penetrate near Til "■ ""* 'hem cn«li„K ^i 
"Pon ihfm to make ih j"*"" """ 'he f„rc»t ih™ . 
«;-.'«. «ai„s. C'lu^rThe'-S ". •"""""' "^" " 
»' •11, but soldiers nf more (h, """h""'- «<r,- no mt,. h«i,l. 
Archbishop „f Cnlomr h I "'"" """"". >" 'he nai „f^h 
;<"«... .n5.eap<,;r;;,^^^7«--l.«l the, ben!::\h he' 
r" "^-fh' »to„llj, and passed .hi- ""'hele^s, the h„„« 
h"«emen, that had been „lamedi„ ■'™L""» ''""'' »h«. lo 
^oped up, „,d ^ijh theCTewiiaW ''":'■ ™"y h""'- beC, 
^iSlthi'""' ""'' '•'•' ""r.n h"; « 7'S*«»,''f«'.»hot' 
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and leaden balls or ever they coultl take him : a worthy man 
as ever cried 'Stand and deliver!" but n little haaty, not 
much : stay ! I forgot ; he is dead. Very habty, uiitl obstinate 
at a pig. Tliat one in the buff jerkin is the lieutenant, as good 
a soul as ever lived : he was hanged alive. This one here, 1 
never could abide; no (not that one; that is Conrad, my 
bosom friend) ; I mean this one right overhead in the chicken- 
toed shoon : you were always carrying tales, ye thief, and 
making mischief; you know you were ; and, sirs, I am a man 
that would rather live united in a coppice than in a forest 
with backbiters and tale-bearern : strangers, I drink to you." 
And so he went down the whole string, indicating with the 
neck of the bottle, like a Nhowman witn his pole, and givinir 
a neat dcKcriptiin of each, which though pithy was invariabl) 
false ; for the showman had no real eye for character, and had 
misunderstood every one of thwe people. 

"Enough palaver!" cried Denj's. "Marchons! Give me 
his axe : now tell him he must help you along." 

The man's countenance fell, but he saw in Denys's eye 
that resistance would be dangerous ; lie submitted. Gerard it 
was who objected. He said, " Y pensee-vous ? to put my hand 
on a thief, it maketh my flesh creep." 

" Childishness ! all tradf*- must live. Besides, 1 have my 
reasons. Be not you wise! ' .. i your elder." 

" No. Only if I ara to lean on him 1 must have my hand in 
my bosom, still grasping the haft of my knife."" 

" It is a new attitude to walk in ; but please thyself." 
And in that strange and mtxr^ attitude of tender offices and 
deadly suspicion the trio did walk. 1 wish I could draw them : 
I would not trust to the pen. 

The light of the watch-tower at Diisseldorf wa« visible a.s soon 
as they cleared the Wfxid, and cheered (icrard. When, after an 
hour's march, the black outline of the tower itself and other 
buildings stood out clear to the eye, their companion halted 
and said, gloomily, " You may as well slay me out of hand as 
take me any nearer the gates of Diisseldori'town."' 

On this being communicated to Denys, he said at once, " Let 
him go then, for in sooth his neck will be in jeopardy if he 
wends much further with us." (leranl acquiesce*] as a matter 
of course. His horror of a criminal did not in the least dispose 
him to active co-operation with the law. But the fact is, that 
at this epoch no private citixen in any part of Europe ever 
meddled with criminals but in self-defence, except by the by 
in 1-lngland, which, behind other nations in some things, was 
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«iul Ifiulrn !u)!s n- ' ,i-r th«-\ I'ditlH Uke him- » worthy man 
as rvcr »Tif({ Stunt! %nd (ielivrr ' Imt n iilti-. iiasty. not 
mucti : .'a} ' I tbigwt . In I.-. cU-ai! Vcrv h.i.t>t_\, .ii..i nljstinutr 
as « pifi riijit oil'- 'ft Hif bivff ji-rkin ib thr lieulCTiMnt. s*; X'kkI 
& Mui vt* '-ver iuc<( . hv wa.-. lumped -liive. This «iip her*-, I 
never '-oitkl ahidc; ; in* fnot that mie ; that is Onrad. inv 
Ki.«im Incnd); I mean this one riffht nvrrhcail in the chickcn- 
tiA-d ■.'■n.ii: ynii vv.'rt- t»!wa_VR rairviii!: Iii]<'-. ve thiet', and 
■»;aking tiM-hicl', v*"i knrt» \ > n ^^••!r ; Aud, sirs, I am a man 
Caul yuMiWx father live iiiiit>,-\i n •• ■.*■■(■• ■ thaii in a torest 
w'th biifkrit f^ luii ulf tiejirerv stiati^'^- ' ' rnk to you." 
\ntJ so ht vy.-ii' down ihr whnU striu^t- niii l.ti^ Aith Ihr 
iirt'k of till* IniLiU. lit- d •tliiiwtnan wttri liit poie. »imJ ^ivins 
a rte«i lUocTii'tl-'it «■•' -ar-h, which thnnt.h pithy vrk r.ivanabU 
false; for the )^hitwm»r, UhJ at- rt^ai (-vh' foi <^hMiarf'>r. and hail 
Mii'-un'Icrvtoo.I every one i^i' thtrw |ffnple. 

"Enough f>;('°ver!" rn^i \)cv\&. ' Mnrthoiis ' Giv" me 
fii*. axf ; now teil Kun he must 'nrJp \'ou alciijf," 

Thr man ■- {■minieiwiic'- it'll. *» t he wiw n, I^eTiVR s ev- 
*h.st rrsiitanct* would !>*• liitniTptut - hi: Hulniii!tt-d. (trrarti •' 
nm, vifth' (»iMCft('*t, Hr said, '* ^ prnsfx-voiis ' In pi't inv hai"! 
■ m .» ruitt M i-'iAKr-tit tny ri**h vrerp 

(!hli(h*lul*■^• : al' iratit-i* must liv»- lit'sirlcs. I have in* 
ri-'jutoruL it*- iw>t you wiser thait your rider 

■■ No. Unly .'I am to I<-.ip mt him I uuist have my haiid ; 
'.Y twjMun, still ^-ra.H)Hn^ the li«ft uf my knitVv" 

i' IV ?* n.w attitiidr !.■ Wiuk in ; hul [iUmw thyself." 
' '. ■'>.-:■ .trsMitf iiiid inixtd jftlitud-- of (•■iideT ort^^'t'^ »'!■> 
■ .-»- frtn did wallt I wish I tould draw ihfr 



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♦. h!»^ ! 1. rJ u . viMtiie a> son 
, . . . 1^,4 When, after i 
»... -.- .r» ih K'Wt-r it:«elf an<! oH," 

k-UI 'i(£. J .«! "tr- - vc .hrir compaiiion halti'i 

• rt> «M> ts *-i-.l -lay ine *»ut of n.tni i 
f ;/.it.-. of l>us,s«ldorf town 
*.nK'j*fe-f Ut l>etiyH. he --aid at ■mc*. i 
iititi KV^ ihf-i- (or in Mfti'.i hi ^ ft<^fk *i!l h« in jtiOfianiy li 
rt*'n<*s iiijfit turthfT with u (reran! Hi-i]uies('t^ a*. .1 iit..i' 

• -f .fni»f (h- ^..rror .it a i-nrntnal 'iid ynf* in the it-a.^t d'-i- 
him Ui H«.Wve .o-tif>t*r«Hoti with thr lav. Htit tin- faft i. , ' < 
At thi» ■ jMM-h n < privat*" ritijit-n h. miv }>art uf f'.nrrijw r 
inetidl-'H vrvi> noiinals nut 'Ti »*-h d'-'cncc, t-\'*r]>t hy ;ii' 
ill iltigituui. >ni.-h Siehiittl nther imtifiu*^ m aUin< tliingb, *' 
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" Here are two batien, friend.- 
And the wine, the swd RheniU, ?•• 
Did you „,, .ujjht for jt j ^^™" 
Ay! the peril of ray life. ■ 
Hum! wh.t My you. Deny,?" 

»«ver ^hero,:!' ^T^'t™" «"tt- "•"• '-■ •- ^^ 
he. .one n.. .. .,-;-- dou'^KX^e^ ' - 

"we;r.rt''„t>"'"^i:rv'"''r«t-' 

<ully overpiUd already. "D^, '!?!,, I "'"h" ,"'"J«'" •■'"• «'"™«^ 

"Nay, «»od .rirs, but you Lvf "'^'"'''^ »f <"" bones r ■ 
jfr i. u,i„e Ye be true^Ln*::;;;" "*'" """^ P»"™^ « 

re!""™" ''*«-•■» p'"^''^'«^^pre":e^7„?fr*i'Lt;n™: 

' 'pnwd's chnler licmti t 
mor^ovr, eve, sinee hTwoundlS^ h"L fi','; ^K"'"'™' "'(fue i 
However, he bit his lip and «id .<-?h *""' "'^ irtUbility. 

•fWin ; tell rae fi„t, i Tt^'J,^"" «" '"" """l" to that 
thieves, that ye do ,„u„lj ta^^^m ™d"u ""^ °' ^•"' "''""'' 
»•> well as rob them '" """went and unresisting travellers 

^;f;«.:rtM^r .j^t:i2riHr;i-" ">^^- --= - 

"»■■ «" .f he d„ but rteal. Wha" foll„^'%'l"'' "^J" *" '«"'«■' 
l;.'t is diseoumged herefmn" „i/° *' ■ 'l"^ """'J be pitiful, 
doubles hi. l-'rihJT but' ^l" *""" '"'"' "" P*tJ. «nd 

J«d men tell ,«> taie^ i^f ,i:„t ' L""" l-" -»™ "eek i 
*«iy k., is .irtven t„ kilT^ Zd <.^ir', '""' "ho by 
ly«. of thi. unrea.«,„ble giblitTni^onf' *!:^J we« the.4 
i.ouW he (,„ en*>n^ outu„rof?h^l h'«h«wd, there 

"asters ^-uvunjf ol thro«tii ui dark woods, my 

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hoiiiKida fur et latro tii peuenderi ,|Mani iiti»»iiiie, pro 
imbJica salute, in honoreni justi Dei tui ait gloria, in 
wtiTiuini, Amen." " n -. 

" And Ml ^(kk) liny." 

The (treedy outlaw whs satisfied at lant. "That is Latin" 
he muttereil, "and move than I Iwrgained for." So indeed 
it was. 

And he returned to his hnsinesg with a mind at ease. The 
Inends pondereil in silenee the nunv event, of the last leu 
hours. 

At last (lerani said thounlitfuliv, " llial she-bear saved both 
our lives— bj- (Jials will. ' 

"Lilti' enough, ■ rej.lie.1 IJ^-nvs ; "anil talking of that, it wa, 
luekj' we ilid not dawdle our our su|>|ier." 

" What mean you ? " 

•'I mean they an- not all hanjfed ; I saw a refuse of seven or 
eijjht as blaek as ink around our file." 

" When ? when ? " 

"Ere we had left it five minutes." 

"tiood heavens! anil you said not a word." 

"It would but have wo-ie<l you, and had set our friend a 
looking Imck, anil mayha|i tetn|ite<l him lo get his sknil split \|i 
other danjter was over; they isiuld not see us, we were out of 
the m<«)nshine, ami indeed, iust tuniiiiK a eoriier \h ' then- is 
the sun : and here are the ^'ates ,f Diisseldort: Ciunure lami 
le diable e.st mort ! " 

" .Vly head ' iny head ! " was all p..ir ( .e«rd .oulil reply. 

So many shia-ks, emotion,, pert* . horrors, added to the 
wound, his first, ha.l triiil his youthful bodv and sensitive 
nature too severely. 

It was noon of itir sjtine ;lav. 

In a bedniom ot ■■ Ihe Silver Lion" the niKenI Uenys sal 
anxious, watehing his youni{ frieial. 

.■Vnd he lay rapng with feve-. Jelirious at intervals, and .aie 
wonl for e\pr on his lips 

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CHAPTER XXVI 

■'T.™ ""■ "ftfmnon of the nnt ,1.. n 

lisrht-he«,l„l, hut v,.rv irriuMe 'nil ^7"* "" ""» '""Ke' 

who fW,n, , muX«>ldi"r h.,I*he,nT " 'Tk" *" '"'•''• """r'. 

his mind „ •^^^■■"^^";C,Z,tT^^'' '""^ '"'''"»« him ,.' 

h/wt\'b:rnr;,:„™:H"r i;;i'j^^"J^ " ""■""" »-■ -■' 

when ,t l,„ ,h. d«,for„;,','"1,';'™"' «"«"? ver,. imp.,i,„, 

»rown ,rim„,«| with rS fur "l,cl'^;'''''"ri '" " '""K '"'^■• 
"ho,,, with » ,«,.,„| l,v hi " ^i<?:"7 "* *""«■■ "•' P"'""^'' 

-"und his „„k not .inlv stln-h 'rf '""T'"? '*"'''«"'• " ™tf 
»M(ren.di„f„r„,wsbv„LS^t rT.r'i;,';'" '"'"•■h^mu,ly 
wood; and on hi» h™,7« fo^"" *"''''™ «i»n.ework of 
on hi. chin ,„d boMm, m.i-T 1!^'' ''"'' '""' » f" Iwnlrr 
no doubt », tlT '«.S'o'ft'f .'^/'"'- /-"•"'-- in 
■■xceptwi, this w,, f..^r ' . '"' """or. for, the sword 

than shunne,! od',,™'' "^t irr .,""'" "*''" -""««< 

,«.n".::::^=i7r.h^r::':u':.hed''" rr-i"-- -'«■ ""-^ 

■■ A wound • they t!!,' T Z oflh.'t"'' tt*"'"^ '■^*"'- 

•his out, I warrant n,' *• Zl d.?^T"i '"■"■ "'°' '«''' 
-eemcd to run oH to ti.^ ""d the j[,kk1 doctors ayrapathv 
jackal. '° ""^ q"»'iru,«l he had conjiied, his 

Mur haTds. T^ ^he ve^r^i "'' ™"'-^''"» i" hed under 

our bu,i„e«,: b , wr;i,';.r"'f '■"'"■ ""•' """ '•■»*' done 
'l"ne iron,' "' """ '""'■ him yet. Irchin, «o heat 

"' a"^';' SS:' "^'"'"'' •■ -"» - do«. ».,t a bear •• 
•think .ha, v^Sv^s ,irw ''*~"1 ""• ■*™'" -""H, 

'-- h.. ^, hX- ::i'',,rzr,'' *'","'»■""•« -io 

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■nd dnin. their teeth to keep your h«id in, you would know 
th.t no bemr . j.w ever made thU fooliih trifling wound. I tell 
you twai > dog, .nd >ince you put me to it. I even deny that it 
was a dog of magnitude, but neither more nor lewi than one of 
theje httle furioui cun that are m rife, and run devlou., bitinc 
each manly leg, and Uying it. weat»r low, but for me and mv 
teamed brethren, who .till .Uy the miwhief with knife and 

■■ Ala., .ir ! when uid I twa. a bear', jaw ; I lakl. ' A bear ■ ' 
It wa. hi. paw, now." 
" And why did.t not tell me that at once f " 
" Because you kept telling nje inatead." 
" Never conceal aught frtnri your leech, young man," continued 

in Europe. "Well, It » an ill burincM. All the homy «- 
cre«*no« of animaj,, to wit, ehiw. of tiger., panther., badger, 
cat,, bear., «k1 the like, and horn of deer, and nail, of hZLZ 
especially children, are imbued with dire.t poiwn. Y'had' 
better have been bitten by a cur, wlialrver ^mma^ «,, than 
gored by bull or .tag, or .cratched by bear However, .halt 
VH""'^"^ ^"""^ caUplawn for thy leg ; meantime keep we 

Ji'l ^^ T ' Z!!!. ?"',"■>' *"?«"' '-««*' ■'-•'"<^^- Le' "e 
hutalr' ' !-fever. I ordain Hebotomy, and on the 

"P'^ffry' ">»' '• blood-letting: humph! WeU, no 
matter, if t^. .ore to cure me, for I will not lie i.;ie here " 
The doctor let him know that flebotomy was infcUible, eipeciallv 
In this case. '^^ ^ 

" Han., go fetch the things need&l, and I wiU entertain the 
patient meantime with reason.." 

The man of art then explained to Gerard that in <iisea.se the 
blood become, hot and distempered and more o. less poisonous: 
but a portion of this unhealthy liquid removed. Nature is faui to 
create a purer fiuid to fill it. place. Bleeding, therefore, being 
both a cooler and a purifier, wa,s a specific in all diwases, for all 
diseans were febrile, whatever empiric might say 

"But think not," said he w«rmly, "that it sufiSce. to bleed , 
any paltrybarber can open a vein (though not ,U can close it 
5^'°'' 15* ^ '• "• ^°» "•>»» vein to empty for what 
diseaK. T other day they brought me one tomented with 
?!' L u^ '"'f^ *" *'"^ 'W'" '*%'■• "nd away flew his 
^Hrl .^K u'"''' K,*" '""' *'«* ">™- Another came 
with the toothachft I bled him l«hind the ear, and relieved 

kl'^.i" SLf!5' "f *• "J" »""• dead as it happen.. 1 hied our 

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"«cl« .„ AviJenn,, H .T' Albu^.^"'""'/' "'"^ "-"^"n" 
l^lumpions .„ Hr,«ri„;,;T^. ,t, ;„d M*""'!' "'""^ """"^ 

"•««•,! in thr hu,„»„ k,,,/^"^ "^ "'•■ «»«•, the U,^, hl«,ll. 

v"''p^X1:::'!Z'7::z "" '"-' '^ " >«''". 

hu-nbly. »"y '■"•™.ii ..«.,. „l,j,.<.t«| (;e„,„ 

"Child! oC loursc ll( 
..■.."• he gave u, thr ,«„ro',- the' h- ""'"*J '"" ■^"""'l' <IW 
still he Ulkine. The ne.t 1. . , ["*• "'" '"""(.' t,u , win 

content with quadruped, dZ^„ f '"'""••'■ "'■• j-^'lv n«™ 
n.»n. .„,! ,,,«! like „l'4','r'"' ;?■■''• '" »,„(„, „,i„,"', 
K«ve „, the nerve,, the l«cte.TveJLt " ^i'^k' ':'-"f'''''-. wh^ 

rh,, worried Uemrd. "1 ™!^r,. "'' ','!*■ P'" ""••''•• 
<lMt mortal ,uan be.tow«l th^ 1 .""" ""'' •"•••• " «dd 

^^^ Hin,, -i;o™rhi^„,Ccr»';tH'"'"h'. •"" f"-^' 

.. Wm ever such perversitv J • f.^' *"''"'''"'' '"ns." 

Z£ ."''■'" " "'e'^e.Xw o^'a th' T"' "'" """- 
pUnt, It secretly i„ the il,rl JLH. ^'"f ^'^ '"■" ' he «ho 

1^, mine with the knouledVe o,, ">■'''''""■■''""' -"""'''■'"■" 
•'^^'Slullne^-™'""—-'-'''"'™""''™- 
And that is helter >>ill . i- 

'"■*• "^''"y m fever : say .h^rth"; l^"'""' ^'"^ '" ^ 
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tho cerebral iiervn niid thr milk veMtelt ; nay, more, he wm 
tbe inventor of llthoUmiyt whatever you may My. 'I'hrn rnnir 
another whom I forget ; you ilu Mumewliat perturb me with 
vnur petty exeeptiontt. Then came Ammoniut, the autlior ol 
hthutrlty, and here comes Mann with the baiin — to itay your 
volubility. Blow thy chafer, boy, and hand me the basin ; 'tis 
well. Aralrtans, quotha .' What are they Iwt a wet of yeiiter- 
day, who about the year 1000 did fall in with the writingH of 
thoie very (treeks an<l read them awry, having no concurrent 
light of their own } tur their demigml, luid eamel-drivt- r. Ma- 
hound.. impoHtiir in itclcnce ax in religion, had Ktrictly forbidden 
them anatomy, even of the lower animalv, the which he who 
severeth from medicine, lotiit »<tlrm r mtrndot a* 'I'ully quuth. 
Nay, wonder not at my fervour, good youth ; where the general 
weal standi in jeopanly, a little warmth is civic, humane, ami 
himourable. Now there iit itfttled of late in thin town a pesti- 
lent Arabifit, a mere empiric, who, despising anatomy, and 
scarce knowing Greek from Hebrew, hath yet Npirite<l away 
half my patients ; and 1 tremble for the refit. Fut forth thine 
ankle, and thou, Hantt, breathe on the chafer." 

Whilst matters were in this |)osturt.>, in came Denys with the 
lemons, and stood surprised. "What sport is toward?" Kald 
he, raising his brows. 

Gerard itiluured a little, aiul told him the leametl doctor was 
going to rtebutomise him and cHuterise him ; that waH all. 

" Ay 1 indeed ; and yon imp, what bloweth he hot coals 
for ? " 

"What should it be for," said the diK'tor to Gemnl, "but 
to cauterise the vein when opened and the poisonous bluod 
let free? "I'is the only safe way. Avicenna indeed recom- 
mends a ligature of the vein : but haw 'Us to be done he saitli 
not, nor knew he himself 1 wot, nor any of the spawn tit 
Ishmael For me, 1 have no faith in such tricksy ex{Mfdient>i ; 
and take this with you for a safe principle : ' Whatever ;tn 
Arab ur Arabist says is right, must be wrong.' " 

"Oh, I sec now what 'tis for," said Denys ; "and art thou 
so simple as to let him put hot iron to thy living Hesh r didst 
ever keep thy little finger but ten moments in a candle.'' and 
this will be as many minutes. Art not cimtent -to bum in 
purgatory after thy ueath r must thou needs buy a foretuste 
on't here ?" 

" I never thought of that," said Gerard gravely : " the gowi 
'doctor s|>ake not of burning, but of cautery; to be sure ti'^ 
all one, but cautery sounds not so fearful as burning." 

" Imbecile ! That is their art ; to confound a plain man 
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bS" ht?. uric £:^J'-rI^'-" «^"'^- 

They bleed the ,IH iTow .. f •"'u'' T* '''"'" "»' '«- 
pricker. ..,d burners |«v?i^„,f.i^ ""i •""'*= '»" the« 

h.«t. only w|,«, i. u^Hjer tlteiri 'T' ""*' "**'"« '"" l'"'" 
him of ihe very blo,^ 1,11 hurt h *"".= ,""»""''»= "-bbed 

I «en so scratched ,nd'ri'k„ "^r"'«'• Hundre,!. h.ve 
Ull fellow, lo..;l^.,"„i'^rni,« h "'.,""'1 T'"*' ""'"'■ ««' 
where „o d,K.lorc«n be hii^ V ..''''" r"* '" '« """"Jed 

mo-t lucky M.isch«ce |I'<^f I "'""" ''"' '"^ "'^ 

.11 n,y bi.^edh~;.t ■;: 'j;-7re^' I":,!""" '■'-I;'? 

pricked yet one more hole in this t„„ I 1 *™™''«««' hnd 
and dB,in«l „,y |„t dl«. ou ' '' '"''>' *'"' •"' '"'«. 

•hem thus .hswTht 7l e^,Z „"V''Tl I"''"- ,?*"»? 

juil now I hear acutely • "'" '"'"• *••■"'' ""J 

iJliTtre""; '™h;'ti:i?i,Tj:;:i" *"i "■•''■«'•■■ »'"»"«' "•• 

>o kill „,en, not Vure them" h; " 7".';''ose bu.ine., is 
French, "Woe be to vouuMe.r„i^ ^' '" ""T '°'«"'>'e 

a physician an.ri mtient «„-T """','' y» ™-e between 

youtij if you listen to ffi'„"„n,i:;:r-'' •" '-''■ "•"*'"■'"' 

•oraewhat in th ■ way of bhL7 . ' "', *"'" """"•• ' •'<> 

fui of blood I dL yi,; '"ill i 1 Tr- ??'' '^'' ™' 'P*"- 

gulle.1 by shows. We! r"^ ''"'"'■ '^'"' ""■'I'l i« still 

mn in^warXge, two ir.r'""' *'"' '""« ""'«''' •"" 

.".00th «o«n,me*n, wil.rX.l«l'^dT'" Z ."L'"' '?'" ^o" 

that thin mankind •• '^ "'' '"'* b«lkin», 'tis you 

«.ven to this art. 1 studied at 'Int^^L?;','.: ^'I*; I^hooTt'.' 

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France, and by consequence in Europe. There leamnl I 
Dririmancy, Scatomancy, Patholog}*, Therapeusis, and fp*eater 
than them all. Anatomy. For there we disciples of Hip{>o- 
crates and Galen had opportunities those great ancients never 
knew. Good-bye, quadrupeds and ape^, and paganism, and 
Mohammedanism ; we bought of the churchwardens, we shook 
the gallows ; we undid the sexton's work o' dark nights, pene- 
trated with love of science and our kind ; all the authorities 
had their orders from Paris to wink ; and they winked. Gods 
of Olympus, how they winked ! The gracious king assisted 
us ; he sent us twice a year a living criminal condemned to 
die, and said, ' Deal ye with him as science asks : dissect him 
alive, if ye think fit.' " 

" By the livur of Herod and Nero's bowels, he'll make me 
blush for the land that bore me, an' if he praises it any mure," 
shouted Denys at the top of his voice. 

Gerard gave a little squawk, and put his fingers in his ears ; 
but speedily drew them out and shouted angrily, and as loudly, 
" You great roaring, blaspheming bull of Basan, hold your noisy 
tongue ! " 

Denys summoned a contrite look. 

*'Tush, slight man," said the doctor, with calm contempt, and 
vibrated a hcuid over him as in this age men make a pointer do^ 
down charge ; then flowed majestic on. ** We seldom or never 
dissected the living criminal, except in part:. We mostly 
inoculated them with such diseases as the barren time afforded, 
selecting of course the more interesting ones." 

"That means the foulest," whispered Denys meekly. 

" These we watched through all their stages to maturity." 

" Meaning the death of the poor rogue," whispered Denys 
meekly. 

" And now, my poor sufferer, who best merits your confidence, 
this honest soldier with his youth, his ignorance, and his preju- 
dices, or a greybeard laden with the gathered wisdom of 
ages ? " 

"That is/' cried Denys impatiently, "will you believe what 
a jackdaw in a long gown has heard from a starling in a long 
gown, who heard it from a jay-pie, who heard it from a magpie, 
who heard it from a popinjay ; or will you believe what I, a 
man with nought to gain by looking awry, nor speaking false, 
have seen; not heard with the ears which are given us to gull 
us, but seen with these sentinels mine eyne, seen, seen ; to wit, 
that fevered and blooded men the, tliat fevered men not blooded 
live ? stay, who sent for this sang-sue .'' Did you ? " 

" Not I. 1 thought you had.'' 
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an m „„e<i of my ,.r(; „„rt came incontinently.' * ' 

„ fj/'" *•"' "''' "*' " K°^ Christian, sir." 
"What arifZ!,, '''"""•onn.l," crie.l Deny, co„teraptuou.siy, 

^^r^^:ii-- s' -tr ^ t- ^^^.£ ■:£ 

1^1 1, 1-^ '"" "' ""•' *«'"' »"'ft'y to his undertaker and 
get h,s th,ri out of that job. For if he .vaited tm thTdoc^or 
K"t doH-nstairs, the doctor would be beforchan 1 and b«ne °k 

seemg this many a year what they do, in .11 the land/l 

tol^ii"*!," '^"' '"r '"^'^""' ""^^ '"•= »<' ">e« last woris 
to escape the personal question. "I too have eyes as well as 
thou, and go not by tnidiUon only, but by what^ 1 h^vn^en 
and not only seen, but done, /have healed as m^y men 
by bleedmg a,, that interloping Arabist ha. killedTr^ Tan" 

TeDi^^sv lT,t hi /k''" ''"^u ' ■■'*'«■* ""-= threatened wUh 
leprosy, I but bled him at the tip of the nose I cured \J, 
year a quartan „gue : how.> bled*^ its forefinger. o"r eu^ 
lance 'rb^T '^■"'^"1" '^■" '»''' "■' ^^e poin of ^y 

md now he t the .^'"^ "".""• ' '»'='* - ^"^"^ » ^, 
.111(1 now he is the only one who can tell his rieht hand fW,™ 

h,« left ,n a whole family of idiots. When thepCe w^ ^r" 

years ago, no sham plague, such as empyrics prS^Iaim evej^ 

n LdTrm°L"fi., "l' """ f "^ '"""' "'-^"^"^ ^^'' ' "S 
an aJdeman freely, and cauterised the symtomatic buboes 
and so pulled him out of the grave; wherjs ouHhen ch^u> 

of H"ah?taC"""R.^"''"*i •""«'" " hto-lf. and S 
cm, i th ' f '^ °" *""""'' Avicenna, and Mahound, who 

?''j'"^ Poof ears," sighed Gerard 

And am I fallen so low that one of your presence and 

peech rejects my art, and listens to a rude soE «, Tar 

behmd even h« own miserable trade as to bear an arbalest 

a womt^t invention, that Gennan children shoot at m>eous' 

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with, but Gennaii soldirrs mock at since ever arqiiebiisses came 
and put them down ? " 

" Vou foil' mouthed old charlatan, " cried Denys, " the arbalest 
is shouldered by taller men than ever stood in Rhenish hose, 
and even now it kills as many more than your noisy, stinking 
arquebus, as the lancet does than all our toys together. (So 
to! He was no fool who first called von 'leeches.' Sang- 
sues ! va ! " 

Gerard groaned. " By the holy virgin, 1 wish you were both 
at Jericho, bellowing." 

"Thank you, comrade. Then I'll bark no more, but at need 
I'll bite. If he has a lance, I have a sword ; if he bleeds you, 
I'll bleed him. The moment his lance pricks your skin, little 
one, my sword-hilt knocks against his ribs ; 1 havi> said it." 

And Denys turned pale, folded ;.is arms, and looked gloomv 
and dangerous. 

Gerard sighed wearily. " Now, as all this is about me, give 
me leave to say a word." 

" Ay ! let the young man choose life or death for himself" 
Gerard then indirectly rebuked his noisy counsellors by 
contrast and example. He spoke with unparalleled calmness, 
sweetness and gentleness. And these were the words of Gerard 
the son of Eli. " I doubt not you both mean me well ; but 
you as»ssinate me between you. Calmness and quiet are 
everything to me; but yon are like two dogs growling over 
a bone. 

"And in sooth, bone I should be, did this uproar last 
long.' 

There was a dead silence, broken only by the silvery voice 
of Gerai-d, as he lay tranquil, and gazed calmly at the ceiling, 
and trickled into words. 

"First, venerable sir, I thank you for coming to see me, 
whether from humanity, or in the way of honest gain ; all trades 
must live. 

" Your learning, reverend sir, seems great, to me at least, 
and for your experience, your age voucheth it 

" You say you have bled many, and of these many, many 
have not died thereafter, but lived, and done well. I must 
needs believe you." 

The physician bowed ; Denys grunted. 

"Others, you -my, you have bled, and — they are dead. 1 
must needs believe you. 

" Denys knows few things compared with you, but he knows 
them well. He is a man not given to conjecture. This 1 
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" Here, then, all is douht 
remedy, th.t l^U ^eZ '" """'^ ""'' ""«""'' ''""■ " """''tful 

^■^E^Tf % *■-- ^^^ --.I, ,o, the door; 

stJoffevIr vTrhe 3" -ir ,r ^" "^ - '*= ««md-'y 
S^eS^HSHSe^F'S'?^^ 

"Then -COLD SWEAT and DEADLY STriPOR 

coirw^^rd^rrrij^^iuT.^ ^- "- -- '• »" ^^ < 
ssr^.i'-sii^-hi^c^^s'i'^i.^u^dt^i;;; ™- -' '^^ 

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ThiK added fuel to the fire, aiul brought the iiisulted 
ancient liack from the impasbuhle tl or, with his whisking 
train. 

" ;Vnd after that— MADNESS ! 

« And after that— BLACK VOMIT ! 

" And then -CONVULSIONS ! 

"And then- THAT CESSATION OF ALL VITAL 
FUNCTIONS THE VULGAR CALL 'DEATH.' for which 
thank your own Satanic folly and insolence. Farewell. " He 
went. He came. He roared, " And think not to be buried 
in any Christian churchyard ; for the bailiff is my good friend, 
and I shall tell hiin how and why you died : felo dt *t t jtlo 
de \e ! Farewell." 

Cierard !>prang to his feet on the bf-d by fiome supernatural 
f^ymnantic p<iwer excitement lent hi.n, and seeing him so 
moved, the vindictive orator came back at him fiercer than 
ever, to launch .some nuuter-thrent the world has unhappily 
lost ; for an he cmne with hi ^ whi.skiag train, and shaking his 
fihi, fJeranl hurltd thi^ bolster furiously in his face, aiid 
knorked him down like a shot, the Ihiv s head cracked under 
his falling maLiter'h, and crash went the dumb-stricken mutor 
into the basket, and there sat wedged in an inverted angle, 
crushing phial after phial. The boy, being light, was strewed 
afar, but in a squatting posture ; so that they sat in a sequence, 
like graduated specimens, the smaller howling. But soon the 
doctor's face filled with horror, and he uttered a far louder and 
unearthly screech, and kicked and struggled with wonderful 
agility for one of his age. 

He was sitting on che hot coals. 

They had sin^^d the cloth and were now biting the man. 
Struggling wildly but vainly to get out of the basket, he rolled 
yelling over with it sideways, and lo ! a great hissing; then 
the humane Gerard ran and wrenche<l off the tight basket not 
without a struggle. The doctor lay on his &ce groaning, 
handsomely singed with his own chafer, and slaked a moment 
too late by his own villainous compounds, which, however, 
bein;; as various and even beautiful in colour as they were 
odious in taste, had strangely diversified his grey robe, and 
painted it more gaudy than neat. 

Gerard and Denys raised him up and consoled him. 
"Courage, man, 'tis but cautery; balm of Gilead, why, you 
recommended it but now to my comrade here." 

The physician replied only by a look of concentrated spite, 
and went out in dead silence, thrusting his stomach forth 
before him in the drollest way. The boy followed hun next 
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CHAPTER XXVII 

&uV?j5T-t"r" "^^ '-^^^.—tre t :s^: 

natifnf h.i„„ "^Iienence . hii sole objecc in the case of this 
onee. He mlT^rLw ""« .'™'"'»«" imprisoned at 

^e%''^';^^rthr°s" "■" ""-^ "«-«'>' f"^'"' 

AndIN An AFFIDAVIT! 
welraofn"''' ™ ""*■"« '"^' '^"™' '-'■"••■■ fo'"'' the bird. 

«SdSsi.iVtSiX/^-r-" '-^^ 
Je'Ud"'or;?.trr'"A£: a^s rr" '?:, °t^" ««^ 

wa^'sed«?*Ttt'h^^K'' "';;""« I'^Sh t» hobble to the 
dom. ,„ .^ . ' ! "fd by. Once there vou have but to lie 
-rh2 ^ T^"^ of a bed ; and what is the odd , ? " 

tJr-i:::t^---rf::.ts^r^l!t^' 

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sight will cure » liUlc hop-o-niy-thumb fever like mine ; »»«y, 

""Rmlinu hi, ex<-il«ble frien.l il. this ...««!, Denys settled 
h.8tny wUh the l«ndlonl, an.l they hnrr,e.l to the nver On 
nquirv they found U, their dismay that the pnhl.e 1"m w»s 
KoTeThi, half h„«r,an<l no other would start that <lay. .emK 
afternoon. By du>t, however, of asking a great '"-"yj^'^^ 
and colleetins a erowd, they obtai.ied an offer ot a private boat 

'"'^^Z:^^^:'^^^^'^'^^- ■'The eurrent i» too 

^"::"fh:::;,Tc:Se ..d ■ .^ hem r,,„," said the invalid 
" No need," said the old man. " Bl your sdly heart, *, 

""■There'wM a powerful breeje right astern : the boatmen set 
a broad Mil, and ro^vinB also, went offal a spankn.g rate. 

•■ \re ye better, lad, for the river breeze ? , 

" Much bettc. But indeed the doctor did me goiKl. 

"The doctor? Why, you would none of his cures. 

.. io'but 1 mean-you will say I am nought-but knocking 
the old fool down— somehow -it soothed me. 

" Amiable dove I how thv little character opens more and more 
every day, like a rosebud. ' I read thee all wrong at fint 

■' Nay, Denys, misUke me not, neither. I trust I h»d b"™^ 
with his idle threats, though in sooth his voice went through 
my poor ears; but he was au infide^or next door ^ one, and 
such 1 have been taught to abhor. Did he not a.s good as sa> 
we owed our inward Jarts to men with long Greek names, and 
Lt to Him, who.e n'ame is but a syllable, but whose hand is 
over all the earth ? Pagan!" ,„^ fhris- 

"So you knocked him down forthwith -like a good Chns- 

*'*^'Nn,. , Denys, you will still be jesting. Take not an ill man's 
nart Had it been a thunderbolt from Heaven, he had met but 
his due ; vet he took but a sorry bolster from this weak arm 

"What "eak arm?" inquired Denys, with twinkling eyes. 
"1 hav^ lived among arms, «.d by &^-.30./s hairy pow neve 
saw I one more like a catapult. The bolster wrapped round his 
™Ie aTid the two ends kiss'ed behind his head, and his forehead 
resounded, and had he been Goliath, or Julius C^ar, instead of 
Tn old quacksalver, down he h,^ gone. St. Denys ^ard me 
fr«m such feeble opposites as thou ! and above all from their 
weak arms— thou diaboli. 1 young hypocnte. 

The river took n-any turns, and this sometimes brought the 
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"inH on their sicl,- histeacl of righl ..tern. Then they all moverl 
to til,, wither ,«!.- In prevfnl the bout hedina ov,r too much; 
«n but a child ..I ,,lK,ut five years ol.l, the ^rand-on ot Ihe Iniat 
nun, «id his durlinjr ; this uriliin hnd ulipped „n honrd at Ihe 
moment of startinR, and bein- l.m light to aflect the boats trin,, 
™ »>"'«. or rather IhOow, the laws of imvigation. 

Thev sailed merrily on, little i^onwious that they were pur- 
sued by a whole pome of constables anned with the bailirs 
wnt, and that ttieir pursuers were coming up with them ; for if 
toe wind was strong, so was the current. 

And now Gerard suddenly remembered that this was a very 
good way to Rome, but not to Burgundy. 

"Oh, Denys,' said he, with an almost alarmed lo.ik, "this is 
not your road. 

" I know it," said Deny, quietly ; ■• but what can I do ? I 
cannot leave thee till the fever leaves Ihee ; and it is on thee 
still, for thou art both red and white by turns ; i have watched 
tbee. I must e en go on to Colc^.e, I doubt, and then strike 
across. 

"Thank Heaven," said Gerard joyfully. He added eagerly 
with a httle touch of self-deception, " "Twere a sin to be so 
near Cologne and not see it. Oh, man, it is a vast and ancient 
city, such as I have often dreamed of. but ne'er had the luck to 
w'li H' '"j;™''''"' ^y "'"'t hard fortune do I come to it now ■ 
well, then, Denys, continued the young man, less warmly, "it is 
old enough to have been foundeil by a Roman lady in the first 
centim- of grace, and sacked by Attila the barbarous, and after- 
wards sore defaced by the Norman Lothaire. And it has a 
church for every week in the year, forbye chapels and churches 
uinumerable of convents and nunneries, and almve all, the 
stupendous minster yet unfinish. d, and therein, but in their 
own chapel, lie the three kings that brought gifts to our Loni, 
vielchior gold, and (Jasper frankincense, and Balthazar the 
black king, he brought myrrh ; and over their bones stands the 
■ihnne, the wonder of the world ; it is of ever-shining brass 
teghter than gold, studded with images fairiy wrought, and 
inlaid wit.i exquisite devices, and brave with colours ; and two 
broa.1 stripes run to and fro, of jewels so great, so rare, each 
might adorn a crown or ransom its wearer at need; and upon it 
stand ttie three kings curiously counterfeited, two in solid silver, 
nohlygilt; these be bareheaded; but he of yF.thiop ebony, and 
tareth a golden crown : and in the mi.lst our blessed laa, 
mvprgin silver, with Christ in her arms; and at the c.mers, in 
piilen branches, four goodly waxen tapers do bum night and 
<i«y. Holy eyes have watched and renewed that light unceas- 



THE Ct/IISTKH AND THE HEAHTfl 

«r«ve. And there i> St r«„l'. I '^ •1«" I-k'" the c»rlh lo lt« 
»<= her bone. .„" Ill the „,L/ !" ' " '."""'' """"' "•""■ 

their lK,ne, mighrt^rfl^h "i, " 1 1""*' , " ""■ """''' "" 
wearied of their *,uteb7',:j.ti»;.°"''" '"" "'""= "' "■— 

..'-I S S^ei: e^r}/ ;h;t;"' ''""• l:!"* -^^ 

th-t we may meet the n.™n,.t K ^f '"'hmg-cap be on, pray 
the next world, and to E"', ff "' '" "">«« «'« virgm, if, 
in thi, one. And th'" Sere " .i t "rVV" "'''' '"''y '^"^. 
the oUd«.„ in whieh hey ^d thj^^ ,ttW "^Ll'' '''"'"^?' *"■' 

«te°bkr;T2i^Hei':'rt^''r'" "r"«"' "-^ 

with m.. meat." "^ '"'" ''''»"«= P'««« •' the 6k 

Knight th^n^^pI^Tst" """""' °"^' '-■ ' •«■«' "'her Sir 

fonr sidea of it holes J^!; T"" ""= ""■I'l. "nd at Ih. 

them stands one of .Z? H T*"'' ™' »' ">« '■"''I "f 

self, lad.- '""' "'"™'" ^'y- « «•!*«, like thy- 

niehe?" '^'" "" "^ ""^ ' "*"" f"' »f «"n^ "mej hin, his 

but^-sXr^d "'short*.; "?" '" f"':; ^"■b''. with nought 
brute» mouth and out h. ''" *'""^' ""' <^''»1' ■» Vhe 

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"*>" would not I ■ ,,i,i f , , 

liu. «h;.„- V'" n/„--; yo-^ u„.,„ .heir verv ™v., . 

'""?."<•; I h.vr Midi,. „,jT' "rt » Kno.1 limnPr witi, ,h^ 
"'wl, or bolster— .< .,,, '"' " '^■". «« rendv witl, k ■ ^ 

V, JJenys. " 

^eranJ hung hi, he«]. ^ ' 

. '*' 'his juncture one of fh. 

' ■''i%Ph''n»">"on;lo7h."* t" '^' "W't wl'houtmoTldo 
hn hp"Sfr '^•"">'"^Uh^.^4?P> -hich English 



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Il.r ../hitr, uimouiKl tlie conl. In,,,, their wiU,t.. 

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CHAPTER XXVIII 

Things (food and evil ImImicc themselve, in » i u, 

manner, and ahnust univeruillv Tl. . , I " "^raarkabie 

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^t!tTh,"";f '■""■ -'«' "«i "« 7. h«J""' '!'••' K"t hold 
"«;"»fen his » kl,. (,p,i. I .""K " Dam. cnughe tin- n,,i 

^ou.hf„, „,,, ^JyC^tX^lt^/T", ■""-'"Of"' 

much morf ollt ? ■■ " '""•»• ' 'nys mi.nnurt-,! uii<„,|,., " h„» 
l)u,o..™,.^kn„w,; .r.„f/r,',- „..,,'?'■"'"" " ""- knows, „ 

sl.^l„w «a.c";tS « w^:JUT-"'e.v found ,hc„„elve« „. 
.>ok.d at o„e another fmm tl^" . ' f''^,™' «",« «,„,., thj; 
then I),- one hnpulw flunir eaeh „n "^ ''•'"■'' ™"''l d' vour 

".cl pante,! there with K« t?. f ii ""'"' "'« o"'er» „ ™k 

'Yer?" "'■"'■" 'hij^we-fT^ "' "'^eethearts, sca.^, j^tw" 

^^Ct::^^^!!^^ -,">^'- ^neave. now «n. 
"le middle. AH thirlvl '"veiter of thiniTK ■ hein , 

d-an«ed his habits" Att™ he «'"" ""' '" '«•- -^^.1 K 
'nend. into the Hhine. aXlef:. Xf i^ "''''' ''^ "■"'-' 

on^nd ^,^S^^^ •"- '» r-W ; we „.e then, nought. , „, „. 

-'^^,:^rr'it^:^"'« """ "«^-"" -'«. .h the .., 

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• I fear not to Cologne, " was the calm reply. 

" Why, whither then i " 

*'To Burgundy." 

" To Burgundy ? Ah, no ! that is too good to be sooth. 

"Sooth 'tis, and sense into the bargain. What matters it to 
me how I go to Rome ? " 

" Nay, nay ; you but say so to pleasure me. The change is 
too sudden ; and think me not so ill-hearted as take you at 
your word. Also did I not see your eyes sparkle at the 
wonders of Cologne > the churches, the images, the relics " 

" How dull art thou, Denys ; that was when we were to enjoy 
them together. Churches ! I thall see plenty, go Homeward how 
I will. The bones of saints and martyrs ; alas ! the world is full 
of then- ; but a friend like thee, where on earth's face shall 1 
find another ? No, 1 will not turn thee farther from the road 
that leads to thy dear home, and her that pines for thee. 
Neither will I rob myself of thee by Icavinfr thee. Since I 
drew thee out of Rhine I love thee better than 1 did. Thou 
art my pearl : I fished thee ; ,ind must keep thee. '' j gainsay 
me not, or thou wilt bring back my fever ; but cry courage, and 
lead on ; and hey for Burgundy ! " 

Denys gave a joyful caper. " Courage ! va pour ' i pour Bour- 
gogne. Oh ! soyei tranquille ! cette fois il est bien d^idimenl 
mort, ce co^iinli." And they turned their backs on thr 
Rhine. 

On this decision making itself dear, across the Rhine there 
was a commotion in the little party that had been watching the 
discussion, and the friends had not taken many steps ere a voice 
came to them over the water. " HALT ! " 

Gerard turned, and saw one "' those four holding out a badge 
of office and a parchment slip. His heart sank ; for he was a 
good citizen, and used to ol)ey the voice that now bade him 
turn again to Diisseldorf— the Law's. 

Denys did not share his scruples. He was a Frenchman, and 
despised every other nation, laws, inmates, and customs included. 
He was a soldier, aiid took a military view of the situation. 
Superior force opposed; river between; rear open; why, 'twas 
retreat made easy. He saw at a glance that the boat still 
drifted in mid-stream, and there was no ferrj- nearer than 
DUsseldorf. " I shall beat a retreat to that hill,' said he, " and 
then, being out of sight, quick step." 

They sauntered off. 

" Halt, in Ihe bailiff's name ! " cried a voice from the shore, 

Denys turned round and ostentatiously snapped his fingers at 
the bailiff, and proceeded. 

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" H»lt ! in the ucbbiihop't name." 
Denj^ snapped his fingers at his grace, and proceeded. 
" Halt I in the emperor's name." 

Denys snapped his fingers at his majesty, and proceeded. 
Gerard saw this needless pantomime with regret, and as soon 
as they had passed the brow of the hill, said, " There is now 
but one course, we must run to Burgundy instead of walking ; " 
and he set olF, and ran the best part of a league without 
stopping, 

Denys was fairly blown, and inquired what on earth had 
become of Gerard's fever. " I begin to miss it sadly," said he 
drily. ' 

" I dropped it in Rhine, I trow," was the reply. 
Presently they came to a little village, and here Denys 
purchased a loaf and a huge bottle of Rhenish wine. " For," he 
said, "we must sleep m some hole or corner. If we lie at an 
inn, we shall be taken in our beds." This wa.s no more than 
common prudence on the old soldier's part. 

■The oflicial net work for catching law-breakers, especially 
plebeian ones, was very close m that age; though the co-opera- 
tion of the public was almost null, at all events upon the 
Continent. The innkeepers were everywhere under close sur- 
veillance as to their travellers, for whose acts they were even in 
some degree responsible, more so it would seem than for their 
sufferings. 

The friends were both glad when the sun set ; and delighted, 
when after a long trudge under the stars (for the moon, if I 
remember right, did not rise till about three in the morning) 
they came to a large bam belonging to a house at some distance. 
A quantity of barley had been lately thrashed ; for the heap of 
straw on one side the thrashing-floor was almost as high as the 
unthrashed com on the other. 

"Here be two royal beds," said Denys; "which shall we 
lie on, the mow, or the straw ? " 
" The straw for me," said Gerard. 

■They sat on the heap, and ate their brown bread, and drank 
their wine, and then Denys covered his friend up in straw, and 
heaped it high above him, leaving him only a breathing-hole : 
"Water, they say, is death to fevered men; I'll make warm 
water on't, anyhow." 

Gerard bade him make his mind easy. "These few drops 
from Rhuie cannot chill me. I feel heat enough in my body 
now to parch a kennel, or boil a cloud if 1 was in one." And 
with this epigram his consciousness went so rapidly, he micht 
really be said to " fall asleep, " 

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Denys, who lay »w»ke awhUe, heud th«t which m»de him 
nestle closer. Horses' hoofs came ringing up ftom Dusseldort, 
and the wooden bam vibrated as they ratUed past howling in a 
manner too well known and understood in the fifteentli century, 
but as unfamilUr in Europe now as a red Indian s war-hoop. 

Denys shook where he lay. 

Gerald slept like a top. 

It all swept by, and troop and howls died away. 

The stout soldier drew a long breath, whistled in a whisper, 
closed his eyes, and slept like top 2. . . i 

In the morning he sat up and put out his hand to wake 
Gerard. It lighted on the voung man's forehead, and found it 
quite wet. Denys then in liis quality of nurse forbore to wake 
him, " It is ill to check sleep or sweat in a sick man, said he. 
" I know that far, though I ne'er minced ape nor gallows-bird. 

After waiting a good hour he felt desperately hungry ; so he 
turned, and in self-defence went to sleep again. 

Poor fellow, in his hard life he had been often driven to this 
manoeuvre. At high noon he was waked by Gerard moving, 
and found him sitting up with the straw smoking round him 
like a dunghill. Animal heat venm moisture. Cerard called 
him "a lazy loon. " He quietly grinned. 

They set out, and the first thing Denys did was to give 
Gerard his arbalest, &c., and mount a high tree on the 
road. "Coast clear to the next village," said he. and on 

* On*drawing near the village Denys halted and suddenly 
inquired of Gerard how he felt 

" What ! can you not see i I feel as if Rome was no further 
than yon hamlet." 

" But thy body, lad ; thy skin ? " 

" Neither hot nor cold ; and yesterday twas hot one while 
and cold another. But what 1 cannot gel rid of is this tire- 

"""LT^and malheur ! Many of my comrades have found no 
such difficulty." „ 

" Ah ! there it goes again ; itches consumedly. 

"Unhappy youth," said Denys solemnly, "the sum ot thy 
troubles is this: thy fever is gone, and thy wound is-heahng. 
Sith so it is," added he indulgently, " 1 shall tell thee a httle 
piece of news I had othe-wise withheld." 

"What is't ? " asked Gerard, sparkling with curiosity. 

"THE HUE AND CRY IS OUT AFTER US; AND ON 
FLEET HORSES." 

"Oh I" 

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CHAPTER XXIX 

MS, but if you stick to his heels too long, and too close and 
m short, bore him, he will whirl, and come ttring a" Sutude 

™^rL1 ^f fel^kX^"eT^n*^L^^^^^^ 

^etH^f t'^'"' '"•"'"^ Pn-denee most convincingly. They 
settled to strike across the fields. °' " 

.JY^ ""'.'r' "'." ''T'*'''' ""^ •»™"»'ed two bundles of hav 
and lay on them in a dry ditch out of sight, but in nettled ^' 
i hey sallied out in turn and came back with turnips These 
they munched at intervals in their retreat until sunset'^ 
.ntZI^VX^^ ""/ out shivering into the rain and d.rkne«, 
and got into the road on the other side of the village 

■n,!HV -fr "*«*"' 'I"'' " P't'''' «"•• Wowing hart, 
rhey could neither see, nor hear, nor be seen, nor hearf : and 
for aught I know, passed like ghosts close to their foes Th"e 
they almost forgot in the natural horn,™ of the bhck temnS! 
tuous n^ght, in which they seemed to grope and hew thS^C 
« m bUck marble When the moon ™V they wire mLiyi 
eague from Ditoseldorf. But they still trudged on. pSly 
they came to a huge building. rresenuy 

" Courage ! " cried Uenys, " 1 think I know this convent Av 
It is^ We are in the see of JuUers. Cologne has no poww he«^' 

The next moment they were safe within the wall^ 



CHAPTER XXX 

t^L ^^'fu ""^^ "quaintance with a monk, who had 
constructed the great dial in the priors ganleii, and a whtel 
tor drawmg water, and a winnowing machine for the grain &t 
and had ever some ingenious mechanism on hand. He had 
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nuule several pstlteriee and two dulcimers, and was now 
attempting a set of regalles, or little organ for the choir. 

Now Gerard played the humble psaltery a little ; but the 
monk touched that instrument divinely, and showed him most 
agreeably what a novice he was in music. He also illuminated 
finely, but could not write so beautifully as Gerard. Comparing 
their acquirements with the earnestness and simplicity of an age 
in which acorn pi ishments implied a true natural bent. Youth and 
Age soon became like brothers, and Gerard was pressed hard to 
stay that night. He consulted Denys> who assented with a 
rueful shrug. 

Gerard told liis old new friend whither he was going, and 
described their late adventures, softening down the bolster. 

"Alack!" said the good old man, "I have been a great 
traveller in my day, but none molested me." He then told 
him to avoid inns; they were always haunted by rogues and 
roysterers, whence his soul might take harra even did his 
boidy escape, and to manage each day's journey 5to as to lie 
at some peaceful monastery; then suddenly breaking off and 
looking as sharp as a ne^le at Gerard, he asked him how 
long since ht: had been shriven f Gerard coloured up and 
replied feebly — 

" Better than a fortnight." 

"And thou an exo.-cist ! No wond-r perils have overtaken 
thee. Come, thou must be assoiled out of hand." 

"Yes, father," said Gerard, "and with all mine heart;" 
and was sinking down to his knees, with his hands joined, 
but the monk stopped him half fretfully — 

" Not to me 1 not to me ! not to me ! I am as full uf 
the world as thou or any he that lives in't. My whole soul 
it is in these wooden pipes, and sorry leathern stops, which 
shall perish — with them whose minds are fixed on such like 
vanities." 

"Dear father," said Gerard, "they are for the use of the 
Church, and surely that sanctifies the pains and labour spent 
on them ? " 

"That is just what the devil has been whispering in mine 
ear this while," said the monk, putting one h id behind his 
back and shaking his finger half threateniiigiy, half play- 
fully, at Gerard. "He was even so kind and thoughtnd as 
to mind me that Solomon built the Lord a house with rare 
hangings, and that this in him was counted gracious and no 
sin. Oh ! he can quote Scripture rarely. But I am not so 
gimple a monk as you think, my lad," cried the good father, 
with sudden defiance, addressing not Gerard but — Vacancy. 
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wen. in a rifht*^^ tJrrf ^"m "" 4p«' fl""^- «nd 
Gerard and winked uT , ^'"^ ''•'«'•• He nudired 

«nd dread, irkf seein'; „7''„tr'"f " "'*""■'"« "« ''•^ 
ctJn, in cold water *For ZZt f T °"""" "P '" »" 
cunfeM tliy little trum~rv.^ °^ '^""- ^o now go 

but^'thrdoi'ii'Tet p^trt'et"'"""' •"t-"-^'^"" «"> 

he mistook; for iust m h. u""' ""'"''«■•' "d " seem. 

-Id friend <;o^ngC hto ta a^" 'h"J, '\'*P- ^^ '««' h" 
nav ! ■■ He f.,™^ j . "" agitated »h sper, " Nav i n.., i 

Che air double-handed "l^' /r« "P ""• •'°'™ "d beating 
thought the eell he wi .t^Tu"'^^'- ^"^ --""y 
dangerous wild be^t, Hot bv Z '""""""^ ""y »™« 
senee in the convent had been J j".'^?'"'*' *''™* P»- 
looked back inquirii^Tlv^n^ . distinctly proclaimed. He 

hi. old friend ?S|\sheT':",,'° f"^ »"' ■»«"■ ■"«» 
into a comparatively bfssJuT^eZ. ^' """^.^Z i"" moment 
back into his den.^He ?^k h^'^T'"" ,°* '^"' *"'' «•">' 
went to work on his 4a^es- Ind X*T' I'T"? "' »-• 
Mid to himself, "Well3av fh "^O" be looked up, and 

when the man iUentovlr'Sh'y tor'' """' ^"^ '"'>' "" 

Jit^e^rd^irandrnrV' ^'"^ »- -p"= "->. 

t" him, and rep^^ to hs gentle .If '^'l ^'""'? '" ™'"''=»ing 
could not help thinkine " Hef^ ■ ^""^^ searching questions, 
I wonder whether you* wiinS rZ /"^ 7°^. ■**"• ' o" ''«"' 
confessing.- And io his own h f ''"'' ",''''™ ' ''«« done 
« crime o? two However he ^T^ «»' "-nfuscd, and he forgot 
time, nor was he ^ un^inL '" """ '-wer the bolstering tfds 
character of the MsTered' '^ '" '''='"^' f"" ">e^ 

The penance inflicted was thi= • k 
church and pmstratir" hSsllf kfs, T '? ™'" *" """«■" 
»lt«r three times; th, kTe'L ^ L°""'' "«P "^ «-« 
paternosters and i cr^o "Tb?f ^ " ""* ''°°''' *° "y th^ee 
the instant" ' ^""^ ''"'"''' eome back to me on 

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Accordingly, hin short mortification performed, Gerard re- 
turned, ant* found Father .\nselm spreadinff planter. 

" After the soul the body," said he ; "know that I am the 
chimrgeon here, for want of a better. This U going on thy 
leg ; to cool it, not to bum it ; the sainti forbid." 

During the operation the monastic leech, who had naturally 
been interested by the Diisseldorf branch of Gerard s cfmfession, 
rather sided with Denys upon "bleeding." "We Dominicans 
seldom let blood nowadays ; the lay leeches say 'tis from 
timidity and want of skill ; but, in sooth, we have long found 
that simples will cure most of the ills that can be cured at all. 
Besides, they never kill in capable hands; and other remef*<f^s 
slay like thunderbolts. As for the blood, the Vulgate sa.tn 
expressly it is 'the life of a man.' And in medicine or law, 
as in divini^, to be wise; than the All-wise is tu be a fool. 
Moreover, simples are mighty. The little four-footed creature 
that kills the poisonous siuke, if bitten herself, finds an herb 
powerful enough to quell that poison, though stronger and of 
swifter operation than any mortal malady nnd we, taught by 
her wisdom, and our own trjuiitions, still search and try the 
virtues of those plants the good God hath strewed this earth 
with, some to feed men's bodies, some to heal them. Only in 
desperate ills we mix heavenly with earthly virtue. We steep 
the hair or the bones of some dead saint in the medicine, and 
thus work marvellous cures." 

"Think you, father, it is along of the reliques? for Peter h 
Floris, a learned leech and no pagan, denies it stoutly," 

" What knows Peter k Floris ? And what know I ? I take 
not on me to say we can command the saints, and will they 
nill they, can draw corporal virtue from their blest remains. 
But I see that the patient drinking thus in fiuth is often 
bettered as l>v a charm. Doubtless faith in the recipient is 
for much in all these cures. But so 'twas ever. A sick woman, 
that all the Jewish leeches failed to cure, did but touch Christ's 
garment and was healed in a moment Had she not touched 
that sacred piece of cloth she had never been healed. Had she 
Mithout faith not touched it only, but worn it to her grave, I 
trow she had been none the better for't. But we do ill to 
search these things too curiously. All we see around us calls 
for faith. Have then a little patience. We shall soon know 
all. Meantime, I, thy confessor for the nonce, do strictly 
forbid thee, on thy souls health, to hearken learned lay folk 
or things religious. Arrogance is their bane ; with it they shut 
heaven's open door in their own faces. Mind, I say, learned 
laics. Unlearned ones have oflen been my masters in humility, 
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■twill b/but. J^r 1^5 """"^ '• ""-I for; in thre, ,. 

«nd «dden«l too. " All -•• h fr""'!"" "^ ""^ mona^eTfe 
I murt never l,K,k to ,e" « J' ""'"«'>''"'>«»■ i- « kini f*' 

"-;■")'■ This pensive mooH .., : ' '^""''- Well-a-clav ' well 
who c«ne for gTm «^d^k wlTl^P**^ ""y M'oun^ „„„[ 
found several monks seated .t ?J° *■"= refectoi^; there he 
•poker, being examined ^^Wtoti T' '.'^^^ ^t^ndtai like 
The fnan then clubbed Thrirt T^T *"* "^'-uld pass through 
™ute. noting ^, the Xo„ hou Js on"''' '"■' ""'^^ """ tt 
Uus they gave Gemrf. ?hen sunZ j "^" *'"«' «>ad ; and 
earned Gerari to his cell ,„d tTi^'^ T"* "^er it the old monk 
W mcrientally revealed the caSe ^^ h" "*" '='"'' "d «•>« 
eomdor. "Ye id well-nk-h f n V"' Pantomime i„ the 
.Intches. Vonwa.shis^il"!'''' '''"™ '"'o Brother Je^me's 

•' An m ■'^l^""' •" "' "■"". tl'e.. > ■• 
■'»" 111 man ' nnfi *k r • ' 

^d 1 were boy, „„ee, a^d w"ek 'd h" "',"' " "■"■' = '^>««^ 
magme" (Cferard y,„K a «,mi. '"'"'' -'"ythinR you ean 
^'"•eps us humble more or JeTs ^T ' '"'''^''ulous lookj^" t|^ 
t" youth and hot blo,^." '"'' ™'' """'es us r*.,on«bl/ lenient 

-ponjh^'^slft'eri^n: ™J"::' -Huest one "— heavenly st™i„ 
"'1 the sore heart sooThed ' ""^ *""''''«'' »P«t Lm^" 

I have described in fnll n,.v j 
' •% that eame U^.onlnZyt'-,^"''"' °"'^ ^-y ""t^'*, 
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my remders will find in the longer joum*!y of life, via., that 
iitirring events are not evenly distributed over the whole 
nmd, out come by fits aiid starts, and at it were, in cliuten. 
To mme extent this may be because they draw one another 
by links more or less subtle. But there U more in it than 
that It happens so. Life is an intermittent fever. Now 
all narrators, whether of history or fiction, are compelled to 
slur these barren portions of time, or else line trunks. The 
practice, however, tends to give the unguarded reader a 
wrong arithmetical impresnion, which there is a particular 
reason for avoiding in these pages as far as possible. I invite 
therefore your intelligence to my aid, and ask you to try and 
realise that, although there were no more vivid adventures 
for a long while, one day's march succeeded another ; one 
monastery after another fed and lodged them gratis with a 
welcome always charitable, sometimes genial ; and though 
they met no enemy but winter and rough weather, anta^ onists 
not* always contemptible, yet they trudged over a much larger 
tract of territory than that, their passage through which I have 
described so minutely. Ajid so the pair, Gerard bronzed in 
the face and travel -stained from head to foot, and Oenys with 
his shoes in tatters, stiff and footsore both of them, drew n'jar 
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Gerard was almost as eager for this promised land as Denys ; 
for the latter constantly chanted its praises, and at every 
little annoyance showed him "they did things better in 
Burgundy ; " and above all played on his foible by guarantee- 
ing clean bed-clothes at the inns of that polished nation. " I 
ask no more," the Hollander would say ; " to think that 1 
have not lain once in a naked bed since I left home ! When 
1 look ac their linen, instead of doffing habit and hose, it is 
mine eyes and nose I would fain be hut of." 

Denys carried his love of counuy so far as to walk twenty 
leagues in shoes that had ''Xploded, rather than buy of a 
German churl, who would throw all manner of obstacles in a 
customer's way, his incivility, his dinner. His body. 

Towards sunset they found themselves at equal distances 
from a little town and a monastery, only the latter was off the 
road. Denys was for the inn, Gerard for the convent Denys 
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g»« w«y, but on rondition that one* in Burgundy they itould 
•Iw.y. .top at in inn. GemnI consentMl to this the nioi 
readily that his chart with its lUt of convent! ended here. :ia 
they t.umed olT the mu! And now Gerard asked with surprise 
whence this sudden aversion to places that had fed and lodged 
them gratis so often. The soldier hemmed and hawed at finit, 
but at last hi! wrongs burst forth. It came out that this was 
no si-dden aversion, but an ancient and abiding horror, which 
he had suppressed till now, but with infinite difficulty, and out 
of politeness : " 1 saw they had put powder in your drink," 
said he, "so I forebore them. However, bting the last, why 
not ease mv mind .> Know then I have been like a fish out of 
water in all those great dungeons. You straightway levant 
with some old shaveling, so you see not my purgatory." 
"Forgive me ! I have lieen selfish." 

" Ay. ay, I forgive thee, little one ; tis not th • fault : art not 
the first fool that oas been priest-rid, and mor'U bit. But I'll 
not forgive them my misery.'' Then, about a cenU:rv before 
."'"T VIII.'s commissioners, he ;l5livered his incfictment 
These gloomy piles were all built alike. Inns differed, but here 
all was monotony. Great gate, little i^ate, so many steps and 
then a gloomy cloister. Here the do-tour, there the great cold 
refectory, where you must sit mumchance, or at least inaudible, 
he who liked to speak his mind out; "and then," said he, 
"nobody is a man here, but all are slaves, and of what? of 
a peevish, tinkling bell, that never sleepi. An 'twere a trumpet 
now, aye sounding alarums, 'twouldn't freeie a man's heart so. 
Tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, and you must sit to meat with may be 
no .stomach for food. Ere your meat settles in your stomach, 
tmkle, tinkle, and ye must to church with may be no stomach 
for devotion; I am not a hog at prayers, for one. Tinkle, 
tinkle, and now you must to bed with vour eyes open. Well, 
by then you have contrived to shut tlieni, some uneasy imp 
of darkness has got to the bell-rope, and tinkle, tinkle, it 
liehoves you say A prayer in the dark, whether you know one or 
not. If they heard the sort of prayers I mutter when they break 
my rest with their tinkle ! Well, you drop off again and get 
Hbout an eyeful of sleep ; lo, it is tinkle, tinkle for matins." 

"And the only clapper you love is a woman's," put in Gerard 
half contemptuously. 

"Because there is some mus...- in that even when it scolds." 
was the stout reply. " And thon to be always checked. If I 
do_ but put my finger in the sUt-cellar, straightway I hear, 
'Have you no knife that you finger the salt.*' And <f I but 
wipe my knife on the cloth to s.we time, then 'tis, ■ Wipe thy 
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knife dirty on the brawl, uid rleiin upon the cloth!' Oh, 
•null of wul ! thete little peertoh pedintrie* fall chill upon 
good MIowthIp like wee Iddet a-meltln); down from atrawen 
e»vet." 

"I hold clewillnew no pedantry," wid Remrd. "Shnuldit 
le»!Ti better nunnera once for all." 

"Nay; 'tl« they who lack mannen. They stop a fellow'i 
mouth at every word." 

" At every other word, you mean ; every obscene or blas- 
phemous one " 

" Exaggerator, go to ! Why, at the very last of these dunfteons 
I found the p-or travellers sitting all chilled and mute round 
one ihaveling, like rogues awaiting their turn In be nanged ; 
K to cheer them up, I did but cry out, ' CouraRc, tout le 
mondc, le dia ' " 

" Connu ! what befell ? " 

•• Manj', thia • BImpheme not ! ' quo' the bourreau. ' Hlait- 
il, lay 1. Doesn't he wheel and wylc on me In a sort of 
Alsatian French, turning all the • Vi ' Into • B's.' I had much 
ado not to laugh in his face." 

"Being thyielf unable to sneak ten wordi of Ait language 
without a ftult." 

" Well, all the world ought to speak French. What avail so 
many jargi.ns except to put a frontier f.twixt men's hearts ? " 

" But what sail he ? " 

" What signifies It what a fool says ? " 

"Oh, not all the words of a fool or folly, or I should mil 
listen to you," 

"Well, then, he said, 'Such as begin by making liree with 
the devil's name, aye end by doing It with all the names in 
heaven.' ' Father,' said I, ' I am a soldier, and this is but rav 
consigiic or watchword.' 'Oh, then, it Is just a custom .> ' said 
he. I not divining the old fox, and thinking to clear myi,elf, 
said, 'Ay, it was.' 'Then that is ten times worse,' said he. 
• Twill bring him about your ears one of thene days. He still 
comes where lie hean hi« name often called.' Observe ! no 
gratitude for the tidings which neither his missals nor his 
breviaiy had ever let him know. Then he was so good as to 
tell me, soldiers do commonly the crimes for which all other 
men are broke on the wheel; 'A savoir,' murder, rape, and 
pillage." ^ 

" And is't not true ? " 

" True or not. It was III manners," replied Denys guardedly. 
" And so says this courteous host of mine, • Being the foes <if 
mankind, why nuke enemies of good spirits into the bargain, 
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soul?" ' ' ™">'ll n« voice to nyt your 

hi." "7 ,Z ."b'.'^" ""^ "' ""'- "»" • '■«p> .u™,„g of 

boKj;i".;;!'«^„'^ ^rtln "^ '^s;*' •» «•"■ «"■"•'" 

P.n of^h.-l.^i^ITnt MirflJ-^t"' -"'"'"' «- '• 

~wl, .«onl. ^rSTlio.,. ."thirf"'/ '"".T" '>' ^^ 
monk. Tell mc not th-v -in ' ''°"^'»*1. «l>irf. wd lo, . 
Almighty In thrfJLwhe7,h^i ".f *^ '!'''• »" look God 

we go, com«de Mulrieo^^ \u' '"'' "J"* ' ^^ **" «" 
•TuThebeTof tinkl« tSl-tTf*"*;, "" "■*'« "'««'y- 
thought »: the wolf in Z .;J^ u' '^'T"- ""y- ""^n •' 1 
1-t futement he ~nfi™eS^U^''„*'™rir' ' ^™" ' ': '^'• 
» victoriou, g.mecock iniT .h "*'',?■ ""' "-"^hed like 

.ilencehehX™n^^L IT"??' """'"?'' "^ """i'' 



CHAPTER XXXn 
-itthlrdln^Ilt™ Tthet'l' '!;' ^"J* -'"- ^'"•«' 

tTe'ruCk^- -- - '" --n^ the- m--:^:"js 

«U, but for love, „d « . t-Cttum fo^lT /"Lil'^l.TP: 



wu 



.o;5,;bu"tTre,rd^l''t,sir^, •7-^' -- «>' *■'« ->; 



poor wayfarer." ^ -^.ww^^ on me a 

w«r:LT,:^ 'E'tii^h'"' '"J""' S" '"' '■"' """her 
hot by . m«ter r^rf^''t*°j;'' ""i'*' ™* ^ ""'tinued 

»n.e%id.ti» . ^nii^-^tL-Tof -^^ir^'t t:s 



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elcwied »nd wnttcn upon by wnjr of •pecimen. The monk 

Rtve quite « lUrt nl <lghl of 11. •nd very hMllly went up the 
>ll to the high table, and bending hii knee ko u ju>t to touch 
in panting the Afth >tep and the tenth, or last, pretented it to 
the prior with evmimenti. Initanl'y a doicn knowing eyet 
were Died on it, and a bun of voieei waa heard ; and noon 
Gerard uw the prior ptiint more than once, and the monk 
came back, looking m proud as Punch, with a savoury crustade 
ryat, or g me pie gravied and spiced, for Gerald, and a silver 
grace cup full of rich pimentum. This latter Gerard took, and 
bowing low, first to the distant prior, then to his own company, 
quaffed, and circulated the cup. 

Instantly, to his aurprise, the whole table hailed hini as i> 
brother : " Art convent bred, deny it not ? " He acknowlnlged 
it, and gave Heaven thanki for it, for otherwise he had been as 
rude and Ignonnt as his brothers, Sybrandt and Conielis. " But 
'tis paning strange how you could know," said he. 

"You drank with the cup in both hands, " said two monks, 
speaking together. 

The voices hail for some time been loudish round .. ..ble 
at the bottom of the hall ; but presently came a burst of mirth 
so obstreperous and prolongeil, that the prior sent the very sub- 
prior all down the hall to check it and inflict penance on every 
monk at the Ubie. And Geranl's cheek burned with shame ; 
for in the heart of the unruly merriment his e» . caught 

the word "courage!" and the trumpet tones 'enys of 

Burgundy. 

Soon Gerard was installed in feu VVertei's cell, Hh wax 
lighta, and a little frame that could be set at any ai. 'e, and 
all the materials of caligraphy The work, however, was loo 
much for one evening. Then came the question, how could he 
ask Denys, the monk-hater, to stay longer ? However, he told 
him, and offered to abide by his decision. He was agreeably 
surprised when Denys said graciously, " A day's rest will do 
neither of us harm. Write thou, and I'll pass the time as 
I may." 

Gerald's work was vastly admired; they agreed that the 
records of the monastery had gained by jioor Werter's death. 
The sub-prior forced a rix-dollar on Gerard, and several brushes 
and colours put of the convent stork, which was very large. He 
resumed his march wt-m at hi nrt, for this was of good oratn ; 
since it was on the pen he relied to make his fortune ami 
recover his well-beloved. "Come, Denys," said he good- 
humouredly, " see what the good monks have given me ; now, 
do try to be fairer to them ; for to be round with you, it chilled 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

SJ^'^jl^m" •"•'""""'" •" '"" "'" ^^ "" "y •»- 

" I iccant," Mid Denya. 

•• Th»nk you I thwik jou I Uwd Dfny»." 

" 1 wu a icurrilom vagabond." 

" Sty, n»y, wy not so, neither ! " 

■ But we loldien .n- rude and hMty. I irive mwlf the lie 



th«t Ihouiwdi .hould he debnied forthe'hj^'iy of'm" few."' 
Vou have pondered wbtt 



^.W we you rewonable. You have pondered what I 
" Nay, It la their own doing.' 
Gerard erowed a little, we all like to be proved in the risht ■ 

S^. ' •' i^' '>"= '■''"«" "" " ™n "■■" "Ot a shorn ape'" 
So^o «und Mn. further, I alapned hi. br-^ad back and aJmiSSi- 
tered my conaigne. ' Heaven f&rbid ! ' «y, he. I .tared F« 
tho dog looked a, »d a, Solomon; a better mime »w you 
17"' 'IaV * ^r'"y- '' •*« *" '» "° "h-pener of ?h" 
iiend ? and what elie are monka for ? 

" The Send being dead. 
The Crianare.pMd." 

You may plough up the convent., and ve poor monka .hall 
have nought to do-but turn wldien,, and «. bring him to life 
again, pen there wm a great laugh at i,iy expen«. • Well 
you ere the monk for me,' «id I. • And yo/are the .™..bOT,- 
raar for me, quo he. 'And MI be bound you could tell u. 
tale, of the war .hould make our hair stand on end' ■ Excmki i 
I had'th^'llTh''"' ""* °"* °^ ""^ question,' quoth I, and then 

"What wretched ribaldry ! " observed Geranl pensively 
h f^L"">I. P'"^' ".S™" -^Jni't"! he had .een merrier jest, 
ri? f hJ^i^ ■'"" '^\'- ; 7^*" ' 8'"' ™'""«'' l-vegot 
, JTT'^- *"' "•"* ''''<»» give you the chaire de 
poule, if that may content ye. ' That we will «e,' was the crv 
«nd a ugnal went round." " 

Deny, then related, bursting with glee, how at bedtime he 
h'ul been taken to a cell instead of the great dortour, and 
strictly forbidden to sleep ; and to aid his vigil, a book had 



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been lent him of pictures representing a hundred meny adven- 
tures of monks in pursuit of the female laity ; and how in due 
course he had been taken out barefooted and down to the 
parlour^ where was a supper tit for the Duke, and at it twelve 
jolly friars, the roaringest boys he had ever met in peace or 
war. How the story^ the toast, the jest, the wine-cup had 
gone round, and some had played cards with a gorgeous pack, 
where Saint Theresa, and Saint Catherine, &c., bedizened with 
gold, stood for the four queens; and black, white, grey, and 
crutched friars for the four knaves ; aF'.d had staked their very 
rosariesj swearing like troopers when they lost. And how 
about midnight a sly monk had stolen out, but had by him 
and others been as cannily followed into the garden, and seen 
to thrust his hand into the ivy and out witli a rope-ladder. 
With this he had run up on the wall, which was ten feet 
bro:td, yv.t not so nimbly but what a russet kirtle had popped 
up from the outer world as quick as he ; and so to billing and 
cooing. 'I'hat this situation had struck him as rather feline 
than ecclesiastical, and drawn from him the appropriate com- 
ment of a. "mew!" The monks had joined the mewsical 
chorus, and the lay visitor shrieked and been sore discom- 
forted but Abelard only cried, " What, are ye there, ye jealous 
miauli . knaves? ye shall caterwaul to some tune to-morrow 
night. I'll fit every man-jack of ye with a fardingale." That 
this brutal threat had reconciled him to stay another day — at 
(Jerard's request. 

(ierard groaned. 

Meantime, unable to disconcert so brazen a monk, and the 
demoiselle beginning to wlnm[»er, they had danced caterwauUng 
in a circle, then bestowed a solemn benediction on the two 
wall-flowers, and off to the parlour, where they found a pair 
lying dead drunk, and other two affectionate to tears. That 
they had straightway carrieil off the inanimate, and dragged off 
the loving and lachrymose, kicked them all merrily each into 
his cell — 

" And su »h(it; up in measureless content." 

Gerard was disgusted, and said so. 

Denys chuckled, and proceeded to tell him how the next 
day he and the young monks had drawn the fish-ponds and 
secreted much pike, ca»^, tench, and eel for their own use ; and 
how, in the dead of night, he had been taken shoeless by 
crooked ways into the chapel, a ghost-like place, being dark, 
and then down some steps into a crypt below the chapel floor, 
where suddenly paradise had burst on him, 
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•■iw- 



|-t'+re^ r^-pfcstiitiiip a haiulwrj ineriv -.Ivm- 

- - ■. («<>«uit .» tht feuialc laity; aiul iiow jj. <lut* 
* ■*-■« ukf^i. litit tiuref'Hited and down to tiic 

- ■ 1 ^ stipf«r ik tor the Duke, a.)d at it twehx 

'■iHiingcM Iv.ys h*' hwl tjver mtt in peace *-r 

- 3.H7, t;.f tnajit, the jest, rhe wine-c-up tmci 

■■toe h;ui playe'l carris witii a jr"rRenus jjack 

■ --wi. anri :^iiit (.athcnnc. M\, hfdizened wirh 

'■■ tour ■(uceiis; and black, Aliitt;, grt-v, and 

' - he f.Mi. Vnaves; ;.,id L».d staked tfi^-lr >f:\ 

■ -j- ;ke 'r.<,,Mis when tlu:v ;..->* >r;f 1,^^ 

'• ■■' •■. ;i:. m>*:k jful stnliii ,..it, but (mil l>v Hi;ii 

r-^ ' .-h: «^ -Hhni;; '-Hluwe*! ititu the ^^nle 1 u.d seei* 

hi- tiMbl intn th. n-y and out with a m(»e-)a4ider 

- ht tMd ,ni U(i «»i the wall, whirh \. .is ^.--i iepi 
* not w> iim,l,Iy Imt what a russet hirtle had [joppt 
^hi- outer -a odd as quiek as be : ami m f t.lHmjf a<. 
» '^Jf this siln«lio>i had struck him p. rather i\-'.-. ■ 
*'*■»•'■ iwid drawii tVotr. h.m -J.r appropriau .in 

1 he monks hat! joined Hm cicwsica? 



up trirtfi 

lhj;i . - 

ine-.' -M ■; -* ^ 

ela»rii«, hmI .1- •! 

nii^iuti,!^ k»»v(% 

thi- briti! tii~»..f ■' 
M '>rif*i rrijiii- t 
' ' -nird ^n'U.cd, 
^^atlt^ne, unalih 



dirieket! 



tiul 



■ii^'i^ discorrt 
r '!• -", ye jeJfi; 
ii \'jAiv to-mor'-'. 
I'-rduiifale ■' t'- 

1;. Urnr»T lU- 



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to 



i-htmif**, th* y had nanoni eatrrwr- 
f-d a yolemn henedictinu on t*v. 
tiHrk»iir. where thev fonm) 



o'S^. 



j|**'cr.i-rMifc to tear 



ifd »rf^ ♦hi- iiiauhttktc, and 



fcnitH-* Jhe»(, all n.*TT*lv p«pK 1 



huW. !!■ i - 

rroolte*.i *■ 

and then J- . 
where siiUil' ■ 






Iv ?4 •! t.Oii hnw the ne 
v.( -i** Af; liiijr .i-wn use, a-., 

^- I'^d i*rt^ taken Khoele** ? 

• -t crvjjf bc-lo\» the chatiel H»i- 

;rst on hii.i 

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'■ -Ti. there the holy tkther, retire to pay,- put in Genml. 
Not »lw.y», «ud Denys; "wax ouuUes by the dozen 
were Ughted. a, I princely cheer; fifteen «>up. 'naigre, with 
numreUous tw.ng8 of veniwn, grouse, «,d hn^^in tLm, and 
twenty different fishes (being Friday), cooked with wondreus 
art, and each lie between two buxom lasses, and eadi lass 
between two Uds with a cowl, all but me ; and to think I had 
to woo bv interpreter. 1 doubt the kmive put in three words 
for himself Mid one for me; if he didnt, hang him for a fool. 

h ^j "!!!! ."" *:"*>" ™'^'" *«■* "°"'="' ""J not wont to 
hold good wme ; had to be coaled ere they would put it to 
then; white teeth ; mais elks sy laisaient ; and the story, and 
the jest, and the cup went round (by the by, they had flagons 
made to simulate breviaries) ; and a monk touched the cittlm 
and sang ditties with « voice tunable as a lark in spring The 
posies did turn the faces of the women folk bright red at first • 
but eUes s y f%isaienf ' Here Gerard exploded 

"Miserable wretches! Crrupters of youth ! Perverters 
of innocence! but for your being there, Denys, who have 
been Uught no better, oh, would God the church had fallen 
on the whole gang. Impious, abominable hypocrites ' ' 

«Wh„ Tf™''.,f"r',°*"^;' *'"' "nf-:*""! surprise. 

Why, that is what I clept them ere I knew them, and 

you withstood me. Nay, they are sinners; all good fellows 

Z ^ikV • n' ^^ ^'^ ^T !"> ''"'™*«' »■"■"' ""hypocrites; 
but right jolly roaring blades. 

"Denys" said Gera«l solemnly, "you little know the peril 
you r«i hat night. That chureh you deflled amongst you 
IS haunted ; I had it from ont- of the elder monks. The dead 
walk there; their light feet have been heard .o patter o'er 
the Stones. ' 

" Misiricorde ! " whispered Denys. 

"Ay, more," said GeranI, lowering h.» voice ahnost to a 
whisper; "celestial sounds have issued from the purli'us of 
hat very crypt you turned into a tavern. Voices of the' dead 
holding unearthly communion have chilled the ear of mid 
mght and at tiraei, Denys, the faithful m their ni«htlv 
watches have even heard m isic from dead lips ; and clToids 
made by no mortal finger, swept by no mortal hand, have 

vaufts "' '^' ** ""^""^ "'^ '*''"' '" "•"* ^'^ 

Denys wore a look of dismay. "Ugh! if I had known: 

mules and wain-ropes had not hauled me thither; and so" 

(with a sigh) " I had lost a merry tune." 

Whether further disc^ission might have thrown any more 
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light upon these gboatly wunds, who c»n tell? for up c»ine 
a "beiirded brother" from the n^onutery, spurring his mule, 
and waving a piece of vellum in his hand, it was the deed 
between Ghysbrecht and Floris Brandt. Gerard valued it 
deeply as a remembrance of home: he turned pale at first, 
but to think he had so nearly lost it, and to Denys's infinite 
amusement not only itave a piece of money to the I»iy brother, 
but kissed the mule's nose. 

"I'll read you now," said Gerard, "were you twice as ill 
written; and- -to make sure of never losing you" — here he 
sat down, and taking out needle and thread, sewed it with 
feminine dexterity to his doublet, and his mind, and heart, 
and soul were away to Sevenbergen. 

They reached the promised land, and Denys, who was in 
high spirits, doffed his bonnet to all the females, who curtsied 
and smiled in return : fired his consigne at most of the men : 
at which some stared, some grinned, some both ; and finally 
landed his friend at one of the long-promised Burgundian 
"uis. 

" It is a little one," said he, " but I know it of old for a 

food one ; ' Les Trois Poissons.' But what is this writ up .' 
mind not this;" and he pointed to an inscription that ran 
across the whole building in a single line of huge letters. 
" Oh, I see. ' Ici on loge i pied et k cheval,' " said Denys, 
going minutely through the inscription, and looking bumptious 
when he had effected it. 

Gerard did look, tad the sentence in question ran thus : 
"ON NE LOGE CEANS A CREDIT: CE BONHOMMK 
EST MORT, LES MAUVAIS PAIEURE LONT TL'E. " 



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Thbv met the landlord in the passage. 

"Welcome, messieurs," said he, taking off his cap, with a 
low bow. 

" Come, we are not in Germany," said Geraid. 

In the public room they found the mistress, a buxom 
woman of forty. She curtsied to them, and smiled right 
cordially. " Give yourself the trouble of sitting ye down, fair 
sir," said she to Gerard, and dusted two chairs with hei 
apron, not that they needed it. 

"Thank vou, dame," said Gerard. "Well," thought he, 
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o„i;Tw„'v"™'"' "'"" "" y"" ■'o'"'-" ""J'Hng ,up,.. f„, 
" Whv not?" 

^rul^t:Zr '"" ""■"■"* ™«"'^ <•"' Mv more? Bur- 

" ^J"* ' Courage, camarnde. Le clia " 

' L est oonvenu." 

"FaU to, my masters," said she cheerilv "v'h.v. i, . 

tl.. elder, buTJtle 3 ohlri '"i ""T" "■"■ «"■"' - 

Krl^^d pHd?'"^'^' " «' '™'*°"-" -'<' D™ys. bunting with 

and''SrSds,"uT "a^'^lrhelriS™" "f ""' "o- ««"ts 
But indeed who bettl^rrit'sn-r '°-d7™d »one to-morrow. 

twenty-w"^Th" ^yif chambermaid, a woman of about 
asparklL bTa^k evrand "Z" ' '"^ '""'^''-"'^ mouth, an<l 
sha"^!y. '^ ' "'' " "^ ""^ ""T stout but not very 

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The inonieiit »he came In, one of the travellers pawed a 
wmewhat frre jest oi. her; the next the whole coni|)any were 
roarins at his expense, so swiftly had her practised tol.gue 
done his business. Even as, in a passage of arms between 
a novice and a master of fence, foils clash— novice pinked. 
On this another, and then another, must break a lance with 
her- but Manon stuck her great arms upon her haunches, 
and held the whole room in play. This country girl pos- 
sessed in iierfection that rude and ready humour which 
looks mean and vulgar on paper, but carries all before it 
spoken: not wits rapier; ita bludgeon. Nature had done 
much for her in this way, and daily practice in an inn 

Yet shall she not be photographed by me, but feebly indi- 
cated ; tor It was just four hundred years ago; the raillery was 
eoarse, she returned every stroke in kind, and though a virtuous 
woman, said things without winking which no decent man 
of our day would say even among men. 

Gerald sat gaping with astonishment. This was to him 
almost a new variety of "that interesting species," homo. 
He whispered Denys, " Now I see why you Frenchmen say 
'a woman's tongue is her sword;'" just then she leveUed 
another assailant; and the chivahrous Denys, to console 
and support "the weaker vessel," the iron kettle among 
the clay pots, administered his conslgne, "Courage, ma mie. 

She turned on him directly. " How can Ae be dead as long 
as there is an archer left aUve? " (General laughter at her 
ally's expense.) 

"It is 'washing day,' my masters, said she, with sudden 

"Apres.* We travellers cannot strip and go bare while 
you wash our clothes," objected a peevish old fellow by the 
fireside, who had kept mumcliance during the raillery, but 
crept out into the sunshine of commonplaces. 

" I aimed not your way, ancient man," replied Marion super- 
ciliously. " But mice you aai. me " (here she scanned him slov-ly 
from head to foot), " I trow you might take a turn in the tub, 
clothes and all, and no harm done " (laughter). " But what 1 
spoke for, 1 thought— this young sire— might like his lieard 
starched." , , 

Poor Gerard's turn had come ; Us chin crop was thin and 
silky. 

The loudest of all the laughers this time was the traitor 
Denys, whose beard was of a good length, and singularly stiff 
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■ tuJl of ««n(re mthj, ud b, 



filed like tha pud." 



growth in h.ndJ-.nrirSirr.l'f''''- '^' >"" ""« '"^ 

n.i»J^"'.e'f:^.:r':„.r„;';;r::,v\7 "■■r^'-"" "^^ -^^ 

meek and mil.i. ^'"'"°" '""' '" » «■"""■»? Madonna 

br^Xr^tr .he™lt' "H-i-"^""^, ■'■.'■-■^ "^' ' '-ink 
wa^te of histrionic abi^ y uiouS, T""*,'/'"' ,''^'!''! ' " *- " 

"^Ah" -Sin"' "T" ^^PP-^'-.^ P ot^^l^^^^^^^^ """'• 

me ."„ ;,^T;VZe ^^ tkr^rTrf'. " " ^^ '"- 
never lack an omelet " "" P"'>«>ns would 

■•^I^t^.'""^"^"""'' '■«'""» tow- 
"Our supper." 

yo: ^'Moi'tt ';„%-, iTttr •■' ™"'f"' '- p-.*-"" 

rhrei Fish.' ■■ " ■ "^ ""^ """"'y- '" "'<■ ™le of 'The 

-"•ei"-!:o„"':;:'C5.."'' ■■'•"<' T-I- Flah- it is thus Written 

and^eU^ '" ''lhe'':™k;''ee":?in^wr 'h ' '^^ ""''"•■■ 
l.ie~glyphi«. These w"no^'"^f ' "^''^ "«■' ™«'«1 *ith 
to this dame and her dauirhter !ih ' T T""*' ""elligible 
simply raounting a ?o"Z,|and 7^,T^' "■?"' ■" ""^ -y 
to show lines of cemne thr„„l ,T .""* "'"^ ■' '"'"'•■ » -^ 
tae explained that th*e wri i„f„ '"'th''"'^!' ""^ ^'""''^ '^' 
frighten moneyless folk L... the Z... L""" P"' "•*« «» 
on at odd times when a "r-^yiZ t-,':t"n°' ""«»''«' 
insist on being served ^ * """''' """« *n and 

ulZy"' ■"'■"'^ "■™ P'-P. you know. The law for- 

Fish' ft'i.ttl'':"*'"^ ""' '"* """ "- entered -The Three 
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" And mine, dame ' " said Uenys : " dmt tee no kiuvrry 
here ? " 

She eyed him calmly. " Not tiuc-h a ffood one an the lad'< ; 
nor ever will be. But It U the face nf a true man. For all 
that," added she drily, "'.in I were ten year* younger, I'd 
M lievc not meet that face on u dark night tuo far fmin 
home." 

Gerard stared Denys lauKhed. " Why, dame, I would 
but Nip the night dew off' the flower ; und you needn't take 
ten years off", nor ten days, to Iw worth risking n scratched 
face tor." 

"There, our mistress," saltl Marion, who had just cume in, 
"said I not t'other day you could make a ffK>l of them .still, und 
if you were pro|»erly minded?" 

" I dare say ye did ; it wunds like some dart wtnch's 
speech." 

"Dame," said (Jerunl, "this is wonderful. " 

" What ? Oil ! no, no, that is no wonder at all. Why, I 
have been hen; all my life ; and reading faces is the first thing 
a girl picks up in an inn." 

Marion. " And frying eggs the second ; no, telling lies ; 
fr}'ing eggs is the thini, though." 

The Mittrean. " And holding her tongue the last, and modesty 
the day after never at all." 

Marion. " Alack ! Talk of my tongue. Hut I say no more. 
She under whose wing 1 live now deals the blow. I'm sped — 
'tis but a chambermaid gime. Catch what's left on't!" and 
she staggered and sank backwards on to the handsomest fellow 
in the room, which happened to be Gerard. 

" Tic ! tic ! " cried he peevishly ; " there, don't be stupid ! 
that is too heavy a jest for me. See you not I am talking to 
the mistress ? " 

Marion resumed her elasticity with a griint.ce, made two 
little bounds into the middle of the floor, and there turned 
a pirouette. " There, mistress/' said she, " I give in ; 'tis 
you that reigns supreme with the men, leastways with male 
children." 

"Young man," said the mistress, "this girl is not so stupid 
as her deportment ; in reading of faces, and frying of omelet:*, 
there we are great. 'Twould be hard if we failed at these arts, 
•ince they are about all we do know." 

" You do not quite take me, diime," said Gerard. " That 

honesty in a face should shine forth to your experienced 

eye, that seems reasonable ; but how by looking on Denys 

here could ycM leani his one little foible, his insanity, his 

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" il!^,U ■ Whir :rV r; I'll'" '"'•"' •" him. 
7''b »<■ «n- overrun uilh t " n^l„ I '"'«'*,» hat ve do! 

riet«ttheno«JI.',m„|,^,^^;'!":'- ''■I ">«. "-oh ,lid you ev« 

sec more than mo«f J „ ', ""' "^ ""« Wl of our ev» 

•"" ™ "jy ^e,„,, .„/, S^i '^X^e that "thf ^?> '"^ *'•"« " 
never off the women folk ■ m v h '""V"'' '"'<'■"« eye, wen; 
"" old woman like me all Z ^S^'V ""T™- " «en 
Klowerinit; oh voii f™,Ii.fc .• 1- 5^ '" ''•■''' ••"' 'here a ut 
'"the s^^k^er Co^ im '^n^'ltT" ' ''"""■'°" '«" '"""^ 

Denys burst into a £ " lau^h '"v"""" "^"'*" 
°,"«- Why. ,h,, silky ™~,hfi,td """" '''^"' ■»■'«' 

•"*-.ll hut hi, beaS. He ,s «h„1 h'"""'"',"'." '" " '"y 
'«. a., archer in the Duke', h^ ' "^^ "if/"" "" "«' 'h.^ 

;vor i:'xtL;;ir^i:;;'t,;:-:::7'"c^"^ '"« "-- 

lieve\v?'her ™''mor:",h"""K"" '^"" """"-"t^rf- I'd a, 
•;■ Iceep you^oroTlt'^omr;""^? ^'■'- "■" «- 
ll'erc is trouble in store for vo^ '^^ v„ ^^ •""' '"''""' 
made for the ^.ood of yoJZJ" " *"' ""' »"« 

Hisi:;:t;:,!-tin;^^t:;:r;i^r-r^"'^ 'v '■"-' 

liu,h. ■ ' "^ ""'•''. on manv a bramble 

;■ '^"'l^hcl^U. Marion ; overmuch clack " 
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o' jour three fiihen, did ye f " and \Uhon nulked thirty 
■econdi. 

'Mi that the WHy tn »>}»e«k to mir mlRtreH ^ " remonstrated 
the landlord, who had Hiinped in, 

" Hold your whinht,'' uUd hU wife ithariily ; " it It imt 
your biisineii to check the f^rl, nhe in a ifood aerviint 
lo you." 

"What, Im thif enck never tn t-mw, and the hem at it 
all day? ' 

" You can crow H^ loud us vuu like, tiiy uwu — out o' 
doom; hut the hen mrufi to rule the rooxt." 

" I know a byword tn that tune/' Maid (ierard. 

" Do ye, now ? out wi't then." 

" Fwnma vtnt in touts laiiDn, 
■■tr« dame en m mslion." 

" I never heard it afore ; but, 'tin rk nooth ax jjOBpel. Ay, 
they that let these bywnrdH h rolling had eyes Hod tongucH, 
ancl tonguei und e^en. Refnre all the world give me an old 
■aw," 

"And me a young husband," sidd Marion. "Now there 
was a chance for you all, and nobody spoke. Oh ! it is too 
late now, I've changed my mind." 

" All the better for some poor fellow," auggested Denys, 

And now the arrival of the young mistress, or, as she 
was called, the little mistre*.., v « the siguaj fur them nil 
to draw round the fire, like one happy family, travellers, 
host, hontess, and even servants in the outer ring, and tell 
stories till bedtime. And Genrd in his turn told a tremendoun 
one out of his repertory, a MS. collection of "Acts of the 
Saints," and made them all shudder deliciously ; but soon 
after began to nod, exhausted by the effort, 1 should say. 
The young mistress saw, and gave Marion a look. Sht- 
intitantly lighted a rush, and laying her hand on Gerard's 
shoulder invited him to follow her. She showed him a 
room where were two nice white beds, and liade htm choose. 
"Either is paradise," said he. "I'll take this one. Do 
you know I have not lain in a naked bed once tince 1 left 
my home in Holland." 

"Alack! poor soul!" said she; "well then the sooner my 
flax and your down (he I he !) come together, the better ; so 
— allons ! " and she held out her cheek as btisines&-Uke as if 
it had been her hand for a fee. 

" Allons ? what does that mean ? " 
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W *h«t h«vf wr poor w^ I, . '^'"'*""«'<l" i f«"«h I 

•- -wiiU'rur;jr** ""•• "-^ "•""«'- f- "oth. h. 

oh, but ■„. ,w„t't„'Sfl : w^h r^'"" "« •»-' toll. Ind 
•tand the« sclent H .u t„ " TJ"""? """ "'"' <=" *"h. 
Sh.lt h«ve thy «w,rt " • "•' «""">■ '•"'«'> huHi« 

there!- ^°" ""«'' blwk-hMrted thing I There r 

"A Ih bonne henre ! WhHt wni ..„. 
But note now the fmw,.Mn„s „f » m 7 P*"f '•"""•'• *ff«t! 
i"'i . bnttoi,. I am d^"i,k „f ?I *'"''''■ ' "'«' not 
But you denied me- i« hT. r l •?" 'P"'* ""is five »e„a 
belike h«rZe th'nli fiL'^"'^^"■"'' ' '*'""«1 '" h-veT; 

"«,j>nd kee;.r,r<^ ?e;'«Ci;T""^ »«„.,;«'„„,? 

wgood-nlnht!" "^ ' ™''' "' *""" lenjrth; ,nd 

"f 1™l'»d"l:^er:'""^'e"C„''''/'L'' rK"TP""- •'•""«- 
holy Evangelist, wi^tch the bfd ^^h""* .""^ '''"'*• ""'' 'he 
w.nderertkrfr„„hon,e. An,en r- '"'"'' ''"" " !"•"■• >■"■■■« 

.•.ir."".!"; :::;' t;:ToP\'xjt "-."-""^ "- ">« 

hCT whereabout* "^ l«ughter fro.„ the s,lle betrayed 

y.^"!^' ver'the'diLve'""*"'" "''' """"^ P^f'-nd'y. «n.l 
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In the moniing (ierard awoke infinitely lefreshed, and was 
for ising, but found himself a ch'se prisoner. His linen had 
vanished. Now this was paralysis, for the night-gown is a 
recent institution. In Gerai-d's century, and indeed long afler, 
men did not play fast and loose with clean sheets (when they 
could get them), but crept into them clothed with — their 
innocence, like Adam : out of bed they seem to have taken 
most after his eldest son. 

Gerard bewailed his captivity to Denys ; but that instant the 
door opened, and in sailed Marion with their linen, newly 
washed and ironed, on her two arms, and ^et it down on the 
table. 

"Oh, you good girl/* cried Gerard. 

" Alack, have you found me out at last ? " 

'* Yes, indeed. Is this another custmn ? " 

" Nay, not to take them unbidden ; but at night we aye 
question travellers, are they for linen washed. So 1 came into 
you, but you were both sound. Then said I to the little 
mistress, ' La ! where is the sense of waking wearied men, t'ask 
them is Charles the (ireat dead, and would they liever carry 
foul linen or clean, especially this one with a skin like cream .' ' 
* And so he has, I declare," said the young mistress." 

"That was me," remarked Denys, with the air of a com- 
mentator. 

"Guess once more, and vou'll hit the mark." 

" Notice him not, Marion, he is an impudent fellow ; and I 
am sure we cannot be grateful enough for your goodness, nnd 
1 am sorry I ever refused you — anything vou fancied you should 
like." 

"Oh, are ye there." said I'espitiile. "I take that to mean 
you would fain brush the morning dew oH", as your bashful 
companion calls it; well then, excuse me, 'lis caslontaty, but 
nut prudent. 1 decline. Quits with you, lad." 

" Stop ! stop ! " cried Denys, as she was making off victorious . 
" I am curious to know how many of ye were here last night 
a-feasting your eyes on us twain." 

" 'Twas so satisfactory a feast as we weren't half a minute 
overt. Who ? why the big mistress, the little mistress, Janet, 
and me, and the whole posse {■omita/us, on tiptoe. We mostly 
make our rounds the last thin^,^ not to get burned doMTi ; and 
in prodigious numbers. Somehow that maketh us bolder, 
especially where archers lie scattered about." 

"Why did not you tell me .■* I'd have lain awake." 

" Beau sire, the saying goes that the good and the ill are all 
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one wlule then- lids are closed. So we said ' H,„ 

Shei5fi,.„v, «iu Cierard dictatorially 
I muv. .... -.th,:, .hat or knavish." ^ 
r* o.' 

fitforsu^J .•.4i ^uiteeih/?' ' «° '" ""= '^"' •>« 

" Denys '. " 

" What ih your will ? " 

Uip ufcteer;''"" " '"•^^' *">' """^ '"'"ff -Jong «>th us, to 
.^ ;;So do not I, B.,t I wish it was goi,.g .I„„^ ^„h „, ^ 

you.'^T"""""" ''"'■^"•" A «- *«' y»" would n,ake of 

Thlnlt'wi' ttf tL" v'" '"T r-"^' •"" -" f-well. 
"-.sto. of the i^u'r"?. ^^rTthr"' '"" ."f^S""''" 'he 
«nd ki«ed them ri^ht h,,Jl^ J' pn..c,p.l women took 

prineipal women t£I U^^'^' f" t ""T ,'"^'''' "■= "-ree 
they k^sed the Wr^Vr^t."^^ '^^ "^^ '^"' -^ 
sooner the better ' " ^ ' '-""^ ^'^^< t'le 

was soon fitted, and foUowpd tn ih , *""""■, ^'"^ customer 
g™^.ful salutes from the itslep ""'• "'"' ''™'"«' '^'h 

n>al:t: Iftht "'Jr^o't buT wh^l^lTo'" '•"*' r'" ^"^^ « »"«- 
"ell enough.' said C° rarS the j„s7 "^ ^'"""^ ''^'^ '-'^'' 
.Vtu"''' ""=,'''™ w«s a pebiiled walk. 

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A little further on they came to two pilkn, and between 
these was a huge wheel closely studded with iron prongs, uid 
entangled in these were bones and fragments of cloth miserably 
dispersed over the wheel. 

Gerard hid his face in his hands. "Oh, to think those 
patches and bones are all that is left of a man ! of one who 
was what we are now. " 

" Excusez ! a thing that went on two legs and stole ; are we 
no more than that } " 

"How know ye he stole f Have t-ue men never suffered 
death and torture too i " 

"None of my kith ever found their way to the gibbet, I 
know." 

" The better their luck. Prithee, how died the saints ? " 
"Hard. But not in Burgundy." 

"Ye massacred them wholesale at Lyons, and that is on 
Burgundy's threshold. To you the gibbet proves the crime, 
because you read not story. Alas ! had you jtood on Calvary 
that bloody day we sigh for to this hour, I tremble to think 
you had perhaps shouted for joy at the gibbet builded there ; 
for the cross was but the Roman gallows. Father Martin 
says." 

"The bla.spheming old hound ! " 

" Oh, fie ! fie ! a holy and a book-learned man. Ay, Denys, 
y'bad read them, that suffered there, by the tare light of the 
gibbet. D-ive in the nails!' y'had cried; 'drive in the 
spear ] ' Here be three malefactors. Three ■ roues." Yet of 
those little three one was the first Christian saint, and another 
was the Saviour of the world which gibbeted him." 

Denys assured him on his honour they managed things 
better in Burgundy. He added, too, after profound reflection, 
that the horrors Cierard had alluded to had more than once 
made him curse and swear with rage when told by the good 
cure in his native village at Eastertide ; " but they chanced in 
an outlandish nation, and near a thousand years agone. Mort 
de ma vie, let us hope it is not true ; or at least sore exagge- 
rated. Do but see how all tales gather as they roll ! " 

Then he reflected again, and all in a moment turned red 
with ire. " Do ye not blush to play with your book-craft on 
your unlettered friend, and throw dust in his eyes, evening the 
saints with these reptiles } " 

Then suddenly he recovered his goo<l humour. " Since your 

heart beats for vermin, feel for the carrion crows : they 'je as 

good vermin as these ; would ye send them to bed supperless, 

poor pretty poppets? Why, these be their larder; the pangs 

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tenderness ' '"' "'''•=''' ^'"' "'"""« «"•« and 

'' ^t^!^i;;s;;:r^^"»-;;^«7-e™,h«d. 
th'emw,sarr;^ii:2tryt"?d zr"Tr -""r -' 

i-Tpoiij^t^u^tdt^Tr" ""■" ''^-" ■"<>»« - ^' 

reply." •* '^'"' question ever draws a eivjl 

«ke sir, what do ye with thefe ,^r Mk ?^' ' " """■ ^^ ^ 
suspSsl; ' " """ '" ^'"'' '"y '«• ■ " ^P""" 'he funetiona,^ 

JSi'tthrsr^^jj'raite^r'^d'^-; h 

the ehuckle was brief and i.T' *h« , H ""'''«'' However. 

-ci t',eofficirt,.St':,te"':S^;;i';:^ ''"wtTi^r;-*"^? 

thatshould^'n^yttZtte; "" ''""""« f"" »-«'« """l 

TRANS^a'sS'n" •■'''"■""'■ ""'" 8«"?-Mais-da,„_N0US 

.oZ:Xen"""' """ ''"'"'■' "■^''" ^^ Po- fro-n one vessel 

"'■'"i'ely." He e.pl.ined^^,hat last year the town „f 



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rharmes had Seen sore thinned by a pestilence, whole houses 
emptied and trades shnrt of hands. Much ;uIo to gel in the 
rye, and the Hax halt" spoiled. So the bailiff" and .ildermen 
had written 'o the Duke's secretary, and the Duke he sent 
far and wide >o know whiit town was too full. " That are we," 
had the bailie of Toui writ back. " Then send four or five 
score of your townsfolk," was the order " Was not this to 
decant the full town into the empty, and is not the good 
Duke the father of his people, and will not let the duchy be 
weakened, nor its tair towns laid waste by swonl nor pestilence ; 
but meets the one with pike and arbalest (touching his cap to 
the sergeant and Denys alternately), and t'other with policy ? 
LONG LIVE THE DUKE ! " 

The pikemen of course were not to be outdone in loyalty, so 
they shouted with stentorian lungs, "LONG LIVE THE 
DLKE !" Then the decanted ones, partly because loyaltj- was 
a non-reasoning sentiment in those days, partly perhap because 
they feared some further ill consequence, should they alone 
be mute, raised a feeble, tremulous shout, "Long live the 
Duke!" 

But at this insuUed nr.turc rebelled. Perhaps indeed the 
sham sentiment drew out the real, for on the very heels of that 
loyal noise a loud and piercing wail burst from every woman's 
bosom, and a deep, deep groan from every man's ; oh ! the air 
filled in a moment with womanly and manly anguish. Judge 
what it must have been when the rude pikemen halted un- 
bidden, all confused a.s if a wall of sorrow had started up before 
them. 

"En^vaiit," roared the sergeant, and they marched again, 
but muttering and cursing. 

"Ah, the ugly sound," said the civilian, wincing. "Le.> 
raalheureux ! " cried he ruefully, for wLcre is the single m-n 
can hear the sudden agony of a multitude and not \w moved f 
" Les ingrats ! They are going whence they were de trop to 
where they will be welcome ; from starvation to plenty--and they 
object. They even make dismal noises. One would think wc 
were thrusting them forth from Burgundy." 

"Come away," whispered Gerard, trembling ; "come away," 
and the friends strode forward. 

When they passed the head of the column, ■uid saw the 
men walk with Iheir eyes bent in bitter gloom upon the 
ground, and the women, some carriing, some leading little 
children, and weeping as they went, and the (wor bairns, some 
frolicking, some weeping because "their mammies" wept. 
Gerard tried hard to say a word of comfort, but choked and 
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^t:"".:::!iT'zt:.T-''^ ""• «-'"^- -come „.. 

comfort." And now!"tistTk' diT '""' '""- '»"«'» of 
out of the grief he cou d not ;c^ he h" 7' '" «"' ""''"■y 
''«'• these sighs and sobs ^"^^ "'^ "'"'"-' ™ not to 

"Why, mate," said Denvs "art H,. i 
Man alive, take not other folk', tJ^„M .""1°"' "' " '*"■<»'• 
those whining milksops there buTo'u *" '"'"'" ""* »- "f 
hanged without winking." ™''' "'^^ thee, a stranger, 

Gerard scarce listened to him 
Becant then. ! " he groaned- " -v if 1 1 , 
han wine. Princes, jTrre „„ii'/ H"" ' "7 *"'° ♦'"ioker 
things! Ah, Denys! Denysi „jr rt '""■• things ! Po„, 
own comes hon.e to me. Well"! "Ih"*" "',', """'■■ ^""' "''"^ 
'Ay, row you talk reaso , Tlmt\ '"'''"■'' ,''''>' " 

«nother, a mule's ^Ll^l wLl^r.^.'r", ""^ ^'""'f^ *" 

then I am sustaine.1 by li,?ll*. '-'''^V.^' ^i- 1^™}% but 
tte likely thought thei^n ge T^he'^M"" ^■"'P'' ''""' 
'his? more weepmg. Oh' ■ fs „ . """l''' ■ """ ""hit i, 

I'ttie girl that hath bX he pUr r """P'' ' A 

one of your gibbets but I'll dn ' soLh^r ""^ ' '"'"K "" 
pounced savagely upon thi iMe Zr, ''A '^'"^'" ""'' he 
ohick, but with more genereu, iL , ' ' ''^^ " ""'^ ™ « 
little lass of about twefve The Z "'■ " "'" " P"-tty 
t»o peaches, and her ^h;,s ,y,!,"l„"""- ™'"'"« d-wS. he^ 

though tempora,y,desol«'SoTwhth at °nr'',"' "' """* ''"^■•' 
»"< at her feet the fatal caule a hlH ''*'^'""^' "' '"^'ve ; 
l-fth of a modem farthing ' ''"'''™ P°'' """rth, say the 

actLr^ntt sym';^h^ '"'' ""'^ "-' " ^•^ Oera„,, 

■iow"tm theSy'and'Ch''''^'^." """ "^ "-"s came 
statuette of adve^^.""'' ^"' P"'""'J «t the fragments A 

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J-J 'Jean-net-till C-c-casue tout? It wan'ed but this: that I 
should break my poor pot. H^las ! iallait-il done, m^re 
de Dieu?" 

"Courage, Httle love," said Gerard; "'tis not thy heart lies 
broken ; money will soon mend pots. See, now, here is a 
piece of silver, and there, scarce a stone's throw off, is a potter ; 
take the bit of silver to him, and buy another pot, and the 
copper the potter will >fivf thee keep that to play with thy 
comrades." 

The little mind took in uU this, anil smiles began to 
struggle with the tears ; but spasms are like waves, they 
cannot go down the very moment the win<l of trouble is 
lulled. So Uenys tlmught well to bring up his reserve of 
consolation. " Oiurage, ma mie, le diable est mort ! " cried 
that inventive warrior gaily, (ierard shrugged his shoulders 
at such a way of cheering a little fnrl. 

" What a fine thing 
la a lute with one itring," 

said he. 

The little girl's face broke into warm sunshine. 

"Oh, the good news! oh, the good news!" she sang ont 
with sucii heartfelt joy, it went off into a honeyed whine, 
even as our gay old tunes have a pathos underneath. "So 
then," said she, "they will no longer be able to threaten us 
little girls with him, MAKING OUR LIVES A BURDEN!" 
And silt* bounded off " to tell Nanette," she said. 

ITiere is a theory tliat everything has its counterpart ; if true, 
Denys it would seem had found the mind his consigne fitted. 

While he was roaring with laughttT at its unexpected suc- 
cess and Gerard's amazement, a little hand pulled his jerkin 
and a little face peeped round his waist. Curiosity was now 
the dominant passion in that small but vivid countenance. 

" £lst-ce toi qui I'a tue, beau soldat r " 

"Oui, ma mie," said Denys, as gruffly as ever he could, 
rightly deeming this would smack of supernatural puissance 
to owners of bell-like trebles. " C'est moi. (^k vaut une 
petite embrassade — pas ? " 

" Je crois ben. Aie ! aie ! " 

" Qu'as-tu ? " 

"^ pique ! ^A pique I " 

"Quel dommage! jc vais la couper." 

" Nenni, ce n'est vieii ; et pisque t'as tu€ ce m^hant T'es 
fi^rement beau, tout d' m£me, toi; t'es ben miex ]ue ma 
grande so^ur." 

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■*lle-ri. Ah ! que rlhn^r'l 'r""' "™'' "^"^ ' ce,t doulce 

a comrade. He insisteH on . ?™*"'* s'"ck together. It «„ 

H™. and breakinTfttjre rf'^irl'"'"*'"' '?-™ '^^ 
tion, he told Denv.s there w.. " °'"'^'' °f «>nveisa. 

Flemish P«>vi„ee,/a„d Sd^^ we«"oir"';\"' ""^ f''"''-'" 
part, of Burgundy. " Ind"! 7 !! °"',t'^,'' """'" fn>m all 
turned this way ■■ ' "*' ' "arvelled to see thy fiice 

" I go to embrace mv folk th.f I i. 
years. Ye ean quell a bit of .^i^- ""J ""' '^^" these three 

Suddenly DeSyf gave a start'"*., n""?"*. """' ' ««»'" 
comrade is bound for Holtacl^ ' '"""■ <^''"'«'? 'his 

"What then.' ah a letf«r i i •» 
hebesogood,sok!;;dr- ''""' '" '"'"ga'et ! but will 

wouId%t%"'Xv',X';: ,"T^»^ 't™«' '■'» •>. 

way to do it. *° " league or two out of his 

:-^i"^T^ieT:,::'l^^,t:'L^P^' f^n, Ge^rd. 
bnefly what I fear I have 1 , tt t^to"? '"^'; '"l^ '"W h" 
>e bear, and the plunge in the Hh!^.? ' ..''""'" ■""' »■• 
"e»ys,whom he pJnted t^ the life An?"' -^ ''''"^*" "t 
■ng expression, bade her be o^J^ ,^ *""■ ""'y '"dear- 
penl there had been, but all IhfTw- ' '°""' *""'■'<' and 

Srief left was, that he «uld not ho^"^','""'' '"•' ""^ ""'y 
her hand till he should reachLmr H '"", ". ™"' f"™ 
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he In htj love and hit work, that hr did not we ail th» wMplp 
Ml the room were standing peeping, to w«tch the nU ble md 
true finger execute such rare penmanship. 

Denys, prnud of his friend's skill, let him alone, till presently 
the writers face worked, and m the scalding teara began 
to run down his young cheeks, one after another, on the 
paper where he was then writing comfort, comfort Then 
Denys rudely repulsed the curious, and asked his comrade 
with a faltering voice whether he had the heart to let so 
sweet a love-letter miscarry ? The other swore by the face 
o( .St. Luke he would lose the forefinger of his right hand 
sooner. 

Seeing him so ready, f Jerard charged him also with a short, 
cold letter to his parents: and m it he drew hastily wuh his 
pen two hands grasping each other, to signifv farewell. By 
the by, one drop of bitterness found its way' into his letter 
to Margaret. " I write to thee alone, and to those who love 
thee. If my Hesh and blood care to hear news of me, they 
must be kind to thee, and then thou mavest read my letter 
to them; but not else, and even then let 'this not out of thv 
hand, or thou lovest me not I know what I ask of thee and 
why I uk it Thou knowest not I am older now by many 
years than thou art, and I was a month agone. Therefore 
obey me in this one thing, dear heart, or thou wilt make 
me a worse wife than I hope to make thee a husband. God 
willing." 

On second thoughts I beUeve there waa something more 
than bitterness in this. For his mind, young but intense 
had been bent many hours every day upon Sevenbergen and 
lergou, and speculated on every change of feeling and cir- 
cumstance that his exile might bring about 

Gerard now offered money to the soldier. He hesitated, 
but declined it " No, no : art comrade of my comrade ; and 

m»y " (*e.) " but thy love for the wench touches me. 

1 11 break another bottle at thy charge an' thou wilt, and so 
cry (juita." 

•' Well said, comrade," cried Denys. " Hadst uken money, 
1 had inrited thee to walk in the courtyard and cross swoids 
with rae." 

"Whereupon I had cut thy comb for thee," retorted the 
other. 

" Hadst done thy endeavour, drAle, I doubt not" 
■They drank the new bottle, shook hands, adhered to custom, 
and parted on opposite routes. 

This delay, however, somewhat put out Den-s":: calculations, 
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"^Et««.^:r'''^-r'"" """""'- "-^-^ "The 

n>ore,pp,.„priltelooant, .n T^!'""^ ^ouM have , 

■ little crossly « Wh • • f ■'''°" S" to bed f I,- - '"'*" « 

pray?" """""• ''«■»<' our room Sh»lH "■'"''<" 
"Not I I „ J , ' y" >«■ Jong, 

^;<tLe?^---^^:/LS^ot:B-'- 
Oenys found » fi„ ""fgundian 

but instead „f *"'■'' ^ated bv the ».n , 

""»*r for heT5 Sh ."L" • Sh- »btd rTf^ '° «"'■ He 
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no gremt diHUnce, pruttered the rutiUun nt' the (ttutitr}- by wny 
of coiiHolHttuti. She repuUed him ruughl " U it u time tV>r 
fooling } " mid she, hikI Hoblieil. 

"You Kcem to think so," said r^nys, waxing wroth. Hut 
the next momfiit he addt-d tenderly, " itiid I, who muid never 
bear to see benuty in distress." 

" It is not for mystlf." 

" Who then ? ymir Hweetheart ? " 

"Oh, ijiie nenni. My sweetheart is not on earth now, and 
to think I have u<>^ an eni to buy niasHesi for his soul;" and 
in this Nhnllow in; ir the ffrivf seemed now to be all turned 
in anotht r direction. 

" Come, come," said Denys, " ^halt have money to buy 
nuuses for thy dead lad ; I swear it. Meantime tell me why 
you weep." 

" For you." 

" For ine ? Art mad ? ** 

"No; 1 am not mad. 'Tia you that were inml to open your 
purse before him." 

The mystery seemetl to thicken, and Denys, wenried of 
stirring up th. mud by questions, held his peace to see il it 
would not clear of itself. Then the girl, nnding herst^lf no 
longer questioned, seemed to go through . Hiie internal combat. 
At last she said, doggedly and aloud, " I will. The Virgin 
give me courage ! What matters it if they kill me, -^Ince he 
Is dead? Soldier, the landlord is out" 

"Oh, is he?" 

"What, do landlor<l.s leave their taverns at this time of 
oight ? also see what a tempest ! We are sheltered here, bul 
t'other side it blows a hurricane." 

Denys said nothing. 

" He is gone to fetch the band." 

" The band ! what band ? " 

"Those who will cut your throat and take your gold 
Wretched man to go and shake gold in an innkeeper's 
face ! " 

The blow came ao unexpectedly it staggered even Denvs. 
accustomed as he was to sudden perils. He muttered a single 
word, but in it a volun^e. 

" Gerarrl ! " 

"Gerard! What is that? Oh, 'tis thy comrade's name, 
poor lad. Get him out quick ere they come, and fly to the 
next town." 

"And thou ?" 

"They will kill me." 

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Uinys frit it was «, Tr.„,lr 

.ernWe whispers p.«ed bel^erfhe^ ^ ''"' "'^-. •"" wtt 

"How armed? '■ 

"Sword and doMer; and tt,. ■ 
l..n.th. Abbot." **"• ""' "'^ P-nt with hi, .,e. Thev ell 

• And my eomnuie > ' 

«-AtKl:e'^;- .^"" '- ™e life than two p, ,.. 

"loURhtsofdanBe'i^i'ffl,'',"' 1'°'?'''' " "'""lent and . h j , 
■■Listen, .-rlfVht" ,"S;.f' ''"-Sj his-b^t" """•"^ 
"lit but be true to „s u'l ""I, ™»"''<- for our lives if ,1, 

She kilted un h "'"'''»'" hang on thy 

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then /tilde »w.y, Ihtn lum Into ui rt«.t .ludow, Ihtn melt 
«w«y in the itonn. * . , i. i » 

Xnd now he niu.t get to Oer.nl. But how? He h«l to 
run the ™untlet of the whole l«ind. H,^ wkei hinuell, wh.t 
wu the wont Mag they could do? for he had le«ni«l u. w»r 
that «n enemy doe» i.ot what you hope he will >lo, but what 
you hope he will rot do. " Attaek me w I enter the kitchen ! 
Then 1 munt not ((ive them time." 

Ju,t a« he drew ue.r to the Utch, > terrible thought er.»«ed 
him. "Suppose they hod aln-ady dealt with C.erard Whjr 
then " thought he. " nought is left but to kill, and be killed ; 
and he strung hi, bow. and walked rapidly into the kitchen. 
There were seven hideous faces seateil round the hre, and the 
landlord (louriiig thein out neat brandy, blooti s forerunner in 
every age. . , . 

"What I company!" cried Uenys gaUy ; "one minute my 
lads, and I'll he with you;" and he snatched up a hghted 
candle off the table, opeiiwl the di«.r that led to the sUlrcase, 
and went up it hallooing, " What, Uerard ! whither hast thou 
skulked to ? There was no answer. 

He hallooed louder, "Gerard, where art thou ? 

After a moment, in which l)eny» lived an hour of agony, 
a peevish half-inarticulate noise issued from the room at the 
head of the little stairs. Denys burst in, and there was Oerard 

"Thank God!" he said, in a choking voice, then began to 
sing loud, untuneful ditties. Gerard put his fingers into his 
ears; but presently he saw in Denyss face a honor that con- 
trasted strangely with this sudden merriment. 

" What ails thee > " said he, sitting up and staring. 

" Hush ! " said Denys, and his hand spoke even more ,1 ., i. 
than his lips. " Listen to me." . ,. ^ _, 

Denys then pointing significantly to the door, to show Gerard 
sharp ears were Ustening hard by, continued his song aloud, but 
under cover of it threw in short muttered syllable*. 

"(Our lives are in peril.) 

"(Thieves.) 

"(Thy doublet.) 

"(Thy sword. 1 

" Aid. 

" Coming. 

" Put oS time." Then aloud— 

"Well, now, wilt have t'other bottle?— Say Nay." 

" But I tell thee, there are half-a dozen jolly felJows— Tired." 
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He lu«„| , hruul .ncl (i, r<e .hurklr. 

D«y,Km»„«|, ■•Th.- bea-t, are in the sh«.„l,les ' 

.w:'„r;;,';i ""■ """" ""»-^ '"-"■ 

of hiT'w^r "r^r" ''"'"'■' f"*™""' f'" ''"■'8"'« him out 
Cierard forj^ave liim. 

kill me.' *• ' """'' somehow 'tis he will 

.. "^'!!'' ^°'^'^' ^''°°' him at the door ■ What avail, hi. 
strength against your weapon >" "'' "" 

•^uch abody of a man ■• ""' '^o" "ever wwest 

ir-pitil,^"" "'■• »'" "- ■•"- 'he^m^Xk ui'trit 

Near an hour rolled away thu,. It ,„med an age. Yet it 
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was but a little hour, and the town was a league distant 
And some of the voiees in the kitclien became angry an ' 
Impatient. 

" They will not wait much longer," said Denys, " and we 
have no chance at all unless we fiurprise them." 

" I will do whate'er you bid," said Gerard meekly. 

There was a cupboard on the same side as the door, but 
between it and the window. It reached nearly to the ground, 
but not quite. Denys opened the cupboard door and placed 
Gerard on a chair behind it. " If they run for the bed, strike 
at the napes of their necks ! a sword cut there always kills or 
disables." He then arranged the bolsters and their shoes in the 
bed so as to deceive a person peeping from a distance, and drew 
the short curtains at the head. 

Meantime Gerard was on his knees. Denys looked round 
and saw him. 

" Ah ! " said Denys, " above all, pray them to forgive me 
for bringing you into this giietapens ! " 

And now they grasptd hands and looked in one another's 
eyes ; oh, such a look ! Oenys's hand was cold, and Gerard's 
warm. 

They took their posts. 

Denys blew out the candle. 

" We must keep silence now." 

But in the terrible tension of their nerves and very souls they 
found they could hear a whisper fainter than any man could 
catch at all outside that door. They could hear each other's 
hearts thump at times. 

*' Good news ! " breathed Denys^ listening at the door. 

"They are casting lots." 

" Pray that it may be the Abbot" 

"Yes. Why.>" 

*' If he comes alone I can make sure of him." 



" Denys ! " 

"Ay!" 

" I fear I shall go mad if they do nut come soon. ' 

"Shall I feign sleep? Shall I snore?" 

"Will that ?" 

" Perhaps." 

" Do then, and God have mercy on us ! " 
Denys snored at intervals. 

There was a scuffling of feet heard in the kitchen, and then 
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■W "^^ .nored ,.in, then t<K.k „p his p„.ai„„ behind the 

When they were almost t * a "",<'™Pt<'<i in « hurry, 
the attack, fhe d^r on he Wr,"'"' "".'''' •"" ™«"fi f°' 
«g«in. Nothing more ^ "P"'"^'' ™% »nd -^l-sed 

There was another harrowing silence 
TT^en . single Kght footstep on the stair • nnH ...• 
Then a hght crept under tiJe doLr; ?„d 'noThlgt:* "■""• 

a ™-e"s'!^anSThe''S,iCLT'^'''"i'r' "''' ™ '<»"' - 
"^perpendicular space thr^TlT".f ^^ '>^l^<^^^. ^"^ left 
The door, had it beeA bluT j''" ">' "«'" ^^^'med in. 
b-™ tip of the bolt, wh^h t'enTtt T ^"^ ^""^ ''> '"e 
xs it was, it swung gent v oZ f "! .r*"^ '^'^ door-post, but 
«. Denys did not r%fe^tZL:,{:^Z\ " "'-™'d i"wa„]s, 
grayed his dagger «n'ssUow from the ground, but merely 

^ rte candle was held up, and shaded from behind by . man's 

his"vrcrs':s:ti tb^' '"■" "■" «>-'«'■''. ^tis^ that 

— i^in^thrp'ston'^fr-'-'^^ P"' ^' *e «"* step 
uneasy, lie ventu^S no fortherlfu^'l ?.'''='"'""■'«'« hi,? 
floor and stooped to peer m^er k k''"' '?" '"^'"^ <"■ the 
m iron '.and grasped^t ,h™,M ''^"'= ■•"' ^ he stooped 
^o fiercely th^gftis neck ?wVe "■ f"**!^' "- ^H^ 
gullet Therewfsa ter^blehe»ulh hrt"' "™' *"" »' ""is 
down silent strokes followed ii S ' "•'' "'^ ' '^^ ^''f'" 
blow, and the assassin ^XidnZt^^i^' ^^ " ''«'">- 

Denys closed the don, k„u j . ^ °" '"'' Aoor. 
and even while he waTdotai f 'l*"'"^' '''«* ">« P«rt to, 
chair. It «as done. ^ " "hisi^red Gerarf to bring a 

" Help me set him up " 

"Dead.'" '^ 

" Parbleu." 

•■ What for.'" 

"Frighten them ! Gain time." 

m^d™h:te'rnVl:Sk°s!':fh'''''r'i.' p'- °^ ^«"*r 

the ghastly fig„„ sat Srthe doo*";."" '° ""' ''»"' "^ "-erf 

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• What ? Be quick then, we have not many moments." 

And Denys got his crossbow ready, and tearing off his straw 
mattress, reared it before him and prepared to shoot the 
n<os;;nt the door should open, for he had no hope any more 
would come singly when they found the first did not return. 

While thus employed, Gerard was busy about the seated 
corpse, and to his amazement Denys saw a luminous glow 
spreading rapidly over the white face. 

Gerard blew out the candle ; and on this the corpse's &ce 
shone still more like a glowworm's head. 

Denys shook in his shoes, and his teeth chattered. 

" What, in Heaven's name, is this ? " he whispered. 

" Hush ! 'tis but phosphorus, but 'twill serve." 

" Away * they will surprise thee." 

In fact uneasy rautterings were heard below, and at last a 
deep voice said, "What makes him so long? is the drftle 
rifling them ? " 

It was their comrade they suspected then, not the enemy. 
Soon a step came softly but rapidly up the stairs ; the door was 
gently tried. 

When this resisted, which was clearly not expected, the 
sham post was very cautiously moved, and an eye no 
doubt peeped through the aperture; for there was a howl 
of dismay, and the man was heard to stumble back and 
burst into the kitchen, where a Babel of voices rose directly 
on his return. 

Gerard ran to the dead thief and began to work on him 
again. 

" Back, madman ! " whispered Denys. 

"Nay, nay. I know these ignorant brutes; they will not 
venture here awhile. I can make him ten times more 
fearful," 

" At least close tl jt opening I Let them not see you at 
your devilish work." 

Geranl closed the sham post, and in half a minute his brush 
made the dead head a sight to strike any man with dismay. 
He put his art to a strange use, and one unparalleled perhaps 
in the history of mankind. He illuminated his dead enemy's 
face to frighten his living foe: the staring eyeballs he made 
globes of fire ; the teeth he left white, for so they were more 
terrible by the contrast ; but the palate and tongue he tipped 
with fire, and made one lurid cavern of the red depths the 
chapfallen jaw revealed ; and on the brow he wrote in burning 
letters, " la Maxt." And while he was doing it the stout 
Denys was quaking, and fearing the vengeance of Heaven ; for 
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"Gdl me aco^.^ .,7' ;;^':«''"«.d another, 
send^hee where Pierr; Sit jf'rreforev:^..''''*^^^''' ?""«, and 
".efTrpa™^,;''- ^^^^^ ^red a tre- 

He felt the v^ee Ct^'"^*^''"''^'- 
man but the colJ„rha tj"'!'''"'^ '■""<' '«'''ng to „„ 
kj^^chen. It ™ade the place viS '° ^''''^ ">""«'■ '*« 

"W^shSM„t^,<-ext p.. 

-41;;'™""^°"'"™— -«- -tope, the 
Alas! wecl,"t'.aT4t'^' '"^ ^^ ""i --te . blow. 
Dead silence. 

^dfer X*^ "»" • '-""^ «■« -de them start 
And what was it > A h. 

»'™;"up"toTta:t't7ii''C^^' ^y «.e sours action be 
pure into that shamble. ^ ^^ ™''''™ «y shot keen ind 

-«m:/ji;^^Ut7^ -'^ We.ed «>e apartment in . 

After the firat tremor fcei^M" 7"= "•""»'• 
^•s eye is on us even t^ t^T h?^^ ^^"•'"'K^' Denys! 

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that pure cold eye has rested on, but on few more ghastly 
than this, where two men, with a li){hted corpse between 
them, waited panting, to kill and lie killed. Nor did the 
moonhght deaden that horrible corpse-light If anything it 
added to its ghastlintss i tor the body sat at the edge of the 
moonbeam, which cut sharp across the shoulder and the ear, 
and seemed blue and ghastly and unnatural by the side of 
that lurid glow in which the face and eyes and .eetli shone 
horribly. But Denys dared not look that way. 

The moon drew a broad stri,)e of light across the door, 
and on that his eyes were glued. Presently he whispered, 

jerald ! " 

Gerard looked and raised his sword. 

.\cutely as they hud listened, they had heard of late no 
sound on the stair. Yet there — on the door-post, at the edge 
of the stream of moonlight, were the tips of the fingers of a 
hand. 

The nails ghstened. 

Presently they began to crawl and crawl down towards the 
bolt, but with infinite slowness and caution. In so doing 
they crept into the moonlight. The actual motion was 
Imperceptible, but slowly, slowly the fingers came out whiter 
and whiter, but the hand between the main knuckles and the 
wrist remained dark. Denys slowly raised his crossbow. 

He levelled it. He took a long steady aim. 

Gerard palpitated. At la,st the crossbow twanged. The 
hand was instantly nailed, with a stem jar, to the quivering 
door-post. There was a scream of anguish. " Tut,' whispered 
Denys eagerly, and Gerard's uplifted sword descended and 
severed the wrist with two swift blows. A body sank down 
moaning outside. 

The hand remained inside, inovable, with blood tncklm/j 
from it down the wall. The fierce bolt, .slightly barbed, had 
gone through it and deep into the real door-post 

"Two," said Denys, with terrible cynicism 

He strung his crossbow, and kneeled behind his cover 
again. 

" The next will be the Abbot" 

The wounded man moved, and presently crawled down 
to his companions on the stairs, and the kitchen door w.is 
shut _, 

There nothing was heard now but low muttcnng. Ihe 
last incident had revealed the mortal character of the weapons 
used by the besieged. 

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door was opened rouBhlv . h K"" "^ seconds. The kitrhL 

bW ,ent the dir not onYy o^ i ' V"'' " ""^'^ ponderou! 

the room on to Denvs's fcrtYfi , ' "l""*^"^' but right act " 
« nearly to lay htaX A St'The'i"'' '' »'^-'' - -d 
wth a glittering axe. '" ""^ ''«'««>■ stood a c-olos,ui 

^"«h'' iK>ti"jif ^ ?"be;:''rrt:!i '^ri^i^-r 

^tcheland thfr:Lned^nTs'V"\r' '»™'' ^" ^ 
-"d curees. °" "is axe, spittmg blood and teeth 

feriuf IXr ""' "-^ "^ '- h's breast. 

'■B^tith':':^''"=':.'''»«™«"ed. 

/'No, Gera^ .""irit' '"" ^''" ""^^ ^'''"' "- (P-t " 

(■"t for my meddling" ' '"""^ ""y handiwork again 

. The„',5"e„^;:r;e1sid' tV'"' ">-" '"-^ door." 
«• all this fearfil Zht felt L ^* ""1 t™-- he had committed 
He drew his .wordTbut lileTnT?" '"''. '^' •"""■ h-d^me 
ared light ftckers in the c^fZ '''S"';'' «"* what is thTsI 
™d ooked out. There w^re ,^en ^ h , "T '" ""^ "'"^ow 
plates gleaming red. "We ar^L !?«'""''''■ "nd breast- 

^-f"' -"ed nenys; .they come: stHke „„„. ,„, 
;ea£-^7bed"-?rtV'Unras'TH ""^ -- -- 

'emble Ablwt * wiM with ™^» T"^ '"^ fled. Not so thf 

^r^e, chair and «« ro^The'tor^'h '"^ '^"T" "'^ "eL' 

*""■ °" "^ ^'de with kindling evS t" " '^."■™ ''''«'' 

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dous axe like a feather right and left, and cleared a space, then 
lifted it to hew them both in pieces. 

His antagonists were inferior in strength, but not in swiftness 
and daring, and above all they had settled how to attack him. 
The moment he reared his axe, they flew at him like cats, and 
both together. If he struck a full blow with his weapon he 
would most likely kill one, but the other would certainly kill 
him : he saw this, and intelligent as well as powerful, he 
thrust the handle fiercely in Denys's face, and turning, jobbed 
with the steel at Gerard. Denys went staggering back covered 
with blood. Gerard had rushed in like lightning, and just as 
the axe turned to descend on him, drove his sword so fie^ely 
through the giant's bo<ly, that the very hilt sounded on his 
ribs like the blow of a pugilist, and Denys staggering back 
to help his friend, saw a steel point come out of the Abbot 
behind. 

The stricken giant bellowed like a bull, dropped his axe, 
and clutching Gerard's throat tremendously, shook him like 
a child. Then Denys with a fierce snarl drove his sword into 
the giant's back. " Stand firm now ! " and he pushed the 
cold steel through and through the giant and out at his 
breast 

Thus horribly spitted on both sides, the Abbot gave a 
violent shudder, and his heels hammered the ground convul- 
sively. His lips, fast turning blue, opened wide and deep, 
and he cried, "LA MORT !— LA MORT!— LA MORT!" 
the first time in a roar of despair, and then twice in a horror- 
stricken whisper, never to be forgotten. 

Just then the street door was forced. 

Suddenly the Abbot's arras whirled like windmills, and 
his huge body wrenched wildly and carried them to the 
doorway, twisting their wrists and nearly throwing them otf 
their legs. 

" He'll win clear yet," cried Denjrs ; " out steel ! and in 
again ! " 

They tore out their smoking swords, but ere they could stab 
again, the Abbot leaped full five feet high, and fell with a 
tremendous crash against the door below, carrying it away with 
him like a sheet of paper, and through the aperture the glare 
of torches burst on the awe-struck faces above, half blinding 
them. 

The thieves at the first alarm had made for the back door, 
but driven thence by a strong guard ran back to the kitchen, 
just in time to see the lock forced out of the socket, and half-a- 
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behind X:^ Z^ClZt"",'''"-" ""e, the ,Ui«»e d«, 
hte^' by no mortal hand „m] i?K^ *^K' hurled as they 

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CHAPTER XXXIV 
'Th "^ *'"='"'<' men f 

^ The™ w^sTrus^lo^tteT""' God ble« you I " 
"Vh.ve Mved our lives, iX' ^t fJ^P^'^ them warmly 
™Aw7ld ■"*''*■■■ "^''"'' ^^ 

«oo. 'fl«ring*with"'to>.nh'"' Yu*^' "f ""« reseued nair T^ 
-he«, theiltz^'t:;3't*^h'r"«K'"^-'pff« of The' 
thieves and the bleedin^iant »h "^ J''""^''^ "^^ 'be bound 

"'Ge«^'^'"«"'^"'"""^"™^« ^"' "^^ "'^- h«ri 

Oerard went round th« .. iT 

the land with glirtenin, e^. " ■'"'' "»'' "-em eaeh bv 
hun; and this time he kf8sS^^\ ""' ™ 'bis they airkLS 
to one handsome archer of hi '" "'""■■ Then he Sd 
»ldier, have an eye to L A ,""" "Se, "Prithee;^ZS 
me^ Let no one it „; S™ttMrHL'""7'"^^^ "-^"^ 
. the archer promised with 7 1 "i'"} sleep— for pity', gai,, ■• 
J«ting; and Ihe t^te7tl^£''.^r '"' '^""^A Ger^ was 
■".mediately. *™' "^ "to a deep^ sleep X'^t? 

-teS-^his'-Snn-r.rX^ "a' *" T '-^*- ^"^ " 

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Denys at first piahed luid pshawed, but dare not play the 
braggart, fur lie !jiiid to himself, " That young vagabond will 
break in and say 'twas the finger of Heaven, and no mortal 
arm, or some such stuff, and make me took like a fool." But 
now, seeing CJcrani unconsciouB, he suddenly gave this required 
information. 

" Well, then, you see, co.irades, I had run my sword through 
this <mc up to the hilt, iind one or two more of 'em came 
buzzing about me, so it behoved mc have my sword or die ; 
so I just put my f«ot against his stomach, gave a tug with 
my hand and a spring with my foot^ 'ind sent him flying to 
kingdom come ! He died in the air, ;md his carrion rolled 
in amongst you without ceremony; made you jump, I warrant 
me. But pikestnves and pillage! vhat avaiU prattling of these 
trifles once they are gone by ? buvons, camarades, buvons," 

The archers remarked that it was easy to say " buvons " where 
no liquor was, but not so easy to do it. 

" Nny, I'll soon find you liquor. My nose hath a natural 
ali^cr'y at scenting out the wine. You follow me, and I my 
nose; bring a torch!" And they left the room, and finding 
a short flight of stone steps, descended them and entered a 
large, low, damp cellar. 

It smelt close and dank, and the walls were encrusted here 
and there with what seemed cobwebs, but proved to be salt- 
petre th -t hod oozed out of the damp stones, and crystallised. 

"Oh! the fine mouldy smell," said Denys; "in such places 
still lurks the good wine ; advance thy torch. Diable ! what 
is that in the comer ? A pile of rags ? No ; 'tis a ni&a." 

They gathered round with the tornh, and lol a figure 
crouched on a heap in the comer, pale as ashes, and shivering. 

" Why, it is the landlord," said Denys. 

" Get up, thou craven heart ! " shouted one of the aroiien. 

" Why, man, the thieves are bound, and we are dry that 
bound them. Up ! and show us thy wine, for no bottles see 
I here." 

" What, be the rascals bound ? " stammered the pale landlord ; 
"good news. W — w— wine? that will I, honest sirs." 

And be rose with unsure joints and offered to lead the way 
to the wine cellar. But Denys interposed. '* You are all in the 
dark, comrades. He is in league with the thieves." 

" Alack, good soldier, me in league with the accursed robbers ' 
Is that reasonable ?" 

"The girl said so, any way." 

" The girl ! WTiat girl ? Ah ! Curse her, traitress ! " 

"Well," interposed the other archer, "the girl ii not here, 
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I 



THE tXOISTEH AND THK HKAHTH 
but gone onto the Uulm Sol..,,. . ^^'"^" 

Alas, „,!•■ Mid „,„ laiSLn r h ^.'■'■' »■' "''^ d"" 
-i^V^.^tt?.'"'" "«= "--"<'"' "hen Den,, e.ed " H^t ■ " 

-;?X-r-«X^.et^^^^^ 

.to£?Lrth47bu"t:S. tV*- - h.ve fo^d «.„e. 
"'this one, comrade: and vou ^m .'"■'■■ """"ph ■' look 
b^gyon smooth knave alon^" "'""' "» """i '<«k af «, a^d 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

<kce nearer, I nmy. When the chine is uniuing, and the hoiue 
dog cant look at you without hli tail creeping between hli 
legs, who was the thief? Good brothers mine, my mind it 
doth misgive rae. The deeper I thn:3t, thf more there be. 
Mnyhap if these bones could tell their tale they would make 
true men's flesh creep that heard it" 

" Alas ! young man, what hideous fancies are these ! The 
bones are bunea of beeves, and sheep, and kids, and not, as 
you think, of men and women. Holy saints preserve us ! " 

" Hold thy peace ! thy words are air. Thou hast not got 
burghers by the ear, that know not a veal knuckle from their 
graiidsire's ril>s, but soldiers — men that have gone to look for 
their dear comrades, and found their bones picked as clean by 
the crows as these I doubt have been by tnee and thy mates. 
Men and women, saidst thou ? And prithee, when spake I a 
word of women's bones ? Wouldst make a child suspect thee. 
Field of battle, comrade t Was not this house a field of battle 
half an hour agone ? Dng him close to me ; let me read his 
face : now then, what is this, thou knave ? " and he thrust a 
small object suddenly in his fkce. 

" Alas ! I know not." 

"Well, I would not swore neither; but it is too like the 
thumb bone of a man's hand: mates, my flesh it creeps. Church- 
yard ! how know I this is not one ? ' ' 

And he now drew his sword out of the scabbard and began 
to rake the heap of earth and br m crockery and bones out 
on the flocr. 

The landlord assured him h* ut wasted his time. "We 
poor innkeepem are sinners," k" he; "we give short measure 
and baptize the wine : we are fain to do these things, the 
laws are so unjust to us ; but we are not assassins. How could 
we afford to kill our customers f May Heaven's lightning 
strike me dead if there be any bones there but such as have 
been used for meat. 'Tis the kitchen wench flings them 
here ; I swear by God's holy mother, by holy I aul, by holy 
Doi iinic, and Denys my patron saint ah ! " 

Denys held out a bone under his eye in dead silence. It 
was a bone no man, however ignorant, however lying, could 
confound with those of sheep or oxen. The sight of it shut 
the lying lips, and palsied the heartless heart 

The landlord's hair rose visibly on his head like spikes, 
and his knees gave way as if his limbs had been struck from 
under him. But the archers dragged him fiercely up, and 
kept him erect under the torch, staring fascinated at the desd 
skull which, white as the living cheek opposed, but no whiter, 
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THE ' LOlSTER AND THK HKAKTM 

imL-9 ii««rnr. I *.,\ i^'htti the chine in iktmmiim. *itii the liauM 
du^ rui I Itfoh «! >')•! without hU lull crtcpiii^ iHtwrtT \\in 
Ip(j«, whu w*-, 'he Unef- Chuh! !tn>thtr-. luiur, m.v uiiti'I it 
(loth iiiti^i^r m.' I In- lit 'per 1 thrust, th< m.irp thcrr Im-. 
Ma^hnp it Uu .•■ W-wr* ruuhl trll thrir talc Miry wtmld nwkr 
trui m ii ' ♦ie-'h ■ ir«t> lh«t h<«ni it." 

■ ^l-v* t^HiiiK It 111, whttt hidrfii;'* fiiii' in* wr tht"*r I Thr 
Unm'^ ^n Im'im--' ' !>• i-vi-% «iul -li",-p, mid WuU, Hiid not, ok 
vw 'bt'tV «»f m.'M aiul tvoincii. lit ly ■•HJuts nrrntrve uh I *' 

■■ M.<-iif hv f/ett'-r ' thy words au- tir Mi.-ii hrt^t not got 
U •vt^fT*. by'liw- fwr, thttt know iiot n \''ti kn»<-kle from thnr 
flTai.-1iin->'nl"., b'M soiditTs in^n ll. t' Ut'.r com- '" look t"nr 
thfip ilrur i*Hi»r«les. an<! I'ounil thi'ii Um- . pukni ■» ck'*n b\ 
thf cmwH it^ thf*e 1 doubt have in-fu It tiu'e and thy iiintr* 
Mi^ii imd woiiicn, iMud-l tluiti (* Ai.d j>rtihf''. •heii ■fii.ikt' I ■■ 
wtint "I »oinr*n"H IkMit'? WoulJ-i ,ii»k«- a fhlld suspect th«« 
Field i>t' hattli*, coinr/ul* ! Was t.i.t tJiU hous- ;» field t»f batr: 
half MH h<»iir ajiont- ? I'rag hiir rli*<- t*. oie , Ipt mc rt;8(! Ii. 
lac- ; i*"» th.-n what is this, thtwi kiieicr*' aiid htr thrust 
small i.lfjcct iuddctd) in Ui» facf. 

" .Wh" ! I know not." 

■Wdl, I .v.Mild !)■■( twarc ui-ithrr ; »»ui it in tw like *' 
thumb tMHit I't H iiT*n s hiuid- matot, iii> HcUi tl t-'itfj*^. Chur. 
yard ! h"* kti.)W I thr- la n.-t o/i?.*" 

And lu imw dr* * i , '■v* 'rd out of the ^cabhard ajid br- 
U* rHke the ht ap of earth and broken crockery and Iwnt^ 
on th< riiK«r. 

Tbt^ landlonl anwircd him he but wasted !iia time. ' ■ 
poor innkt'c(v »N ar*- fimncpt. ' said h«". •■ »f gnr Oiort men 
M-.'i MjitUi? In- »ii>' *•' ■»"* (iun to dc tliCbc tUuif.s 
IfMr. ,.. *. M.j i«i t" '.> : bul *c sf iH'l *iM»aHsin(i. Huw .-> 

.'rt* •* ' S»*I • t'»"- t* nuj b-m*--^ .')ir-> but such * 
;.«m )*^ *•• «*»• !'» Okr <\ut*u -«(mh flm^ ' 

lic^. i •s-*' • 'nr l'.*d » bt'W rfKbtr, tj holy Paul, b\ 
tJi«a.-w . - •=* !>*> ■ ii'V jMt'-'Mt *^,ti? ah I " 

)ienv^ t -it - iionr ui.dri hi. lyc in dead .>ilpi - 
w«* a iwn« 41 » <■-.., h.jwc\cr ipnoran'., however lyiuc, • 
roidou ,.1 *ii; J"s*- •>* •beep or uMu The «ight .; ^ 
the lytok' bj^. »t.- i-^^i.-^! lU'' he.arl!t«. Ui art 

Th** U^wit-wt* ^ i^v» ««»t- visibly on hw head Itit* 
and Sit-. ;i.n*e» 4"*-^ <«> h« if his lnnb, had been -tru. 
vinder lum B«> vn • »rchers dra^K^i I iiiJ fi-n- ■. - 
kepi bhii erv^-i y\^X^- Uc torch. '.tAPi..n fav matrd .t* •'.'■ 
idLull whi( h. wh'U -f. t'.t^ living ch«(k uppovd, bii' m ■■ 
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"Wk on r^^:i^:J™»^< »d t^^^^^^^^ no. With ^, 
«d let them blast thine ey^ S.t ™ ^"VPlf'"^ 'he ^ 
thi» week shall end Now h„M .1. *\ '''»" P'''' out ere 
on. Hold it, I My, or here ll^ht" "?," *'■"= I «.^h 

threatened the qu'iiimr^tih •-'u\«^'°*« •' and he 

with . g«an he tJo^^ S±. *' u •'"" , -^"l '-">T wt 
Oh that every mu" erer ^r, ''''/• '^'»' '»i»"n^ 

on end, holding the^d fkJI .'hT' ,""' ***■■ >"» i^ 

't^itir£^Tr&'-^s:r ''"'= '■"-«'" - 

fr™ .o bold anS'^h.^':'^" l^'u"" "' •'■»"«» to come 
01 ..mnan h«r. It waa w' ^jl,^^"" "P *?,">« torch a m^ 
beautiful h«r. At the stoht oH' ^t *"'k™- ^ ^""^ 
shook the crave., .reteh in their U,,t/fl''*". instinctively 
.1, f, ''"* a little sister with h.iT^ '• , ^^'ned. 
this," gujpcd Denys. "j™, 'Ti,^"?. T/t" "'" '^"S « 
g"if ' .^'"y swV an^dagl" '^T^ '*,^"' There, 
h«id, lest I strike him dead Md ^„ !E "'*"' •«"" "y 
^ou, poor innocent victim, „„ wh„J^"«,*°f . ««'h«t. And 
hair did grow, hear me swear tZ^^ u t*"" "ost lovely 
'o leave this man tiU I se^^ l^' °n bended lu.ee, never 
even for thy «ike." ""*""'" broken to piece, on the wh«I 

He rose from his knee. "Av h.rf t. 
here be h«„, I'd have them ^f'hv r^-" """y «"« «« 
hair mto his bosom. ThenT a I'urf/ f" "^ '"' P«t the 
S *^";f'^ by the neck, aid fo^'"hi^"'y T"*. the Umd! 
foot on head ground his face m^i '° ^ ''nees, and 
h« Jctims, where the/hnhkkS^.^ T"",? "'^ •»■>« of 
y^Ied, then whined anS wLS i fl? ""', "«*"'" fim 
tten whmes, when his nose™*^ fo,;^!^' .*! " '■»« fi"t yell,, 
other mnocent he ha. kill^ '"'"' ■"'" ""no leverit o; 

th^Sr.lIreyeTof'l^.k'^rS^' f""PP='" He passed it 
«fo.fmort.jLa„kcnte"rotd™t''hfC' """f '"^^"X 
l™7C''lJ'=''*^ him industntust S^ :."'?; ^^ P""*^ 
«neof the aldermen of the burgh hid^!^ i H"''™' "here 
"■d wa. even now taking an areifer-slZn^J*^ *"* eonstables. 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

the bones of his own victims, and carrying his horrible collar. 
But Denys came panting after, and in a few fiery wurds soon 
made all clear. 

" Bind him like the rest," said the alderman sternly. " I 
count him the blackest of them all." 

While his hands were being bound, the jwor wretch bej^ged 
piteously that " the skull might be taken from him." 

" Humph ! " said the alderman. " Certes x had not orderetl 
such a thing to be put on mortal man ; t'et being there, I 
will not lift voice nor finger to doff it. Methinks it fits thee 
truly, thou blomly dog. Tis thy ensign, and hangs well above 
a heart so foul as thine." 

He then inquii'ed of Denys if he thought they had securetl 
the whole gangj or but a part. 

" Vour woi-ship," said Denys, " there are but seven <if them, 
and this landlord. One we slew upstairs, one we trundled 
down dead, the rest are bound before you." 

"Good! go fetch the dead one from upstairs, and lay him 
beside him 1 caused to be removed." 

Here a voice like a guinea-fowl's broke peevishly in. " Now, 
now, now, where is the hand ? that is what I want to see." 
The speaker was a little pettifogging clerk. 

** You will find it above, nailed to the door-post by a cross- 
bow bolt." 

"Good ! " said the clerk. He whispered his master, "What 
a goodly show will the pieces de amviclion make I " and with 
this he wrote them down, enumerating them in separate 
Mjueaks as he penned them. Skulls — Bones — A woman's hair 
— a thiefs hand — 1 axe — 5^ carcasses — 1 crossbow Ixjlt. This 
done, he itchetl to search the cellar himself; there might 
be other invaluable morsels of t-vidence, an ear, or even an 
earring. The alderman assenting, he caught up a torch and 
was hurrying thither, when an accident stopped him, and 
indeed carried him a step or two in the opposite direction. 

The constables had gone up the stair in single file. 

But the head constable no sooner saw the phosphorescent 
corpse seated by the bt-dside, than he stood stupefied ; and 
next he began to shake like one in an ague, and terror gaining 
on him more and more, he uttered a sort of howl and recoiled 
swiftly. Forgetting the steps in his recoil, he tumbled over 
backward on his nearest companion ; but he, shaken by the 
shout of dismay, and catching a glimpse of something horrid, 
was already staggering back, and in no condition to sustain 
the head constable, who, like most head constables, was a 
ponderous man. 'The two carried away the third, and the 



'• *Htt IS to UO now I'n u . ' 

st.Il sleeping heavily. "' ""<' '^'=">'' «nd Ge««l, the Ltter 

CHAPTER XXXV 
G^a. ,wo.e, „a roun, De„,, ,.^^„^ ^_^ 

V'tra^h;eS'X"iL^d'^'''«''"-" 
"Ay lad th '^*'° *" ^^' 

•"■ou "halt «ot break fXfo^t" "" **' ™""-g" 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

Oemrd then sopped some rye bread in red wine and ate it to 
break his fast, thi-n went with Denys over the scene of combat, 
and came back shuddering, and finally took the road with his 
friend, and kept peering through the hedges, and expecting 
sudden attacks unreasonably, till they reached the little town. 
Denys took him to " The White Hart" .u i ■ 

" No fear of cut-throats here," said he. " I know the land- 
lord this many a year. He is a burgess, and looks to be balhH. 
'Tis here I was making for yestreen. But we lost time, and 
night o'ertook us — and " ... ^ .u 

" And you saw a woman at the door, and would be wiser than 
U Jeanneton ; shi t(-ld us they were nought" 

« Why, what saved our lives if not a woman ? ay, and risked 
hpr own to do it" 

■That is true, Denys; and though women are nothing to ine, 
I long to thank this poor girl, and reward her, ay, though I 
share every doit in my purse with her. Do not you ? 

« Parbleu." 

"Where shall we find her?" 

" Mayhap the aldennan will tell us. We must go to hun 

The alderman received them with a most singular and taex- 
nlicable expression of countenance. However, after a moment s 
reflection he wore a grim smile, and finally proceeded to put 
interrogatories to Gerard, and took down the answers. This 
done he told them that they must stay m the town till 
the thieves were tried, and be at hand to give evidence, on 
peril of fine and imprisonment They looked very bUnk at 

'"However," said he, " twill not be long, the culprits having 
been taken red-handed." He added, " And you know, in any 
cue you could not leave the place this week." 

Denys stared at this remark, and Gerard smiled at what he 
thought the simpUcity of the old gentleman in dreaming that a 
provhicial town of Burgundy had attraction to detain him from 
Rome and Margaret. i_ , i. _* 

He now went to that which was nearest both their hearts. 
"Your worship," said he, "we cannot find our benefactress in 
the town." 

" Nay, but who is your benefactress .' , . i 

"Who? why the good giri that came to you by night anil 
Mved our Uv« at peril of her own. Oh, sir, our hearts bum 
within us to thank and bless her; where is she ? 

" Oh, ike is in priaoa." 



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CHAPTER XXXVI 

„ .1,!! ' I. " * ""'n"". «nil may be a necessary one » 

f^jSa;it%^H"^,\:rraL%^„l--^«^^^^ 

emales we might have trusted to .'11";;^ t. h^^Ls^e 

ttTnk™', Th' ""'' """^U-oy »ho« somrsense! Bu\ noH 
think on t, there were other reasons for layine this one bv th, 

UK g asses Ay! she was .mphcated; she was one of the band " 
^No need tH' '""' '^.'" ""^^ «"•> '^'"«' " ™« 

His opinion," cried Gemrd indignantly; "what si™ifi« 

lrj,;j:4di-ri^s^rith^?S 
5^7.^^':^"^M:o«.:!t;;:7Se!S:^g 

tis the strongest of all the passions. And oh sir Xt' nT.? 

With his true ha"d L thTG^penaid™" "^"""^ '" "•"" ''*^' 
"Young man," said the alderman, "restrain thv heat in 

by shutting. ^ so wed. «, to hope to get at the truth 

oy shutting either our left ear or our right " 

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" And so you would listen to SaUn belying the saints !" 

'* Ta ! tA ! The law meddles but with men and women, 
and these cannot utter a story all lies, let them try ever so. 
Wherefore we shut not the barn-floor (as the saying is) against 
any man's grain. Only having taken it in, we do winnow 
and sifl it. And who told you I had swallowed the thiefs 
story whole hke fair water.' Not so. 1 did but credit so 
much on't as was borne out by better proof." 

"Better proof?" and (Jerard looked blank. "Why, who but 
the thieves would breathe a word against her .'' " 

"Marry, herself." 

" Herself, sir ? what, did you question her too ? " 

" I tell you we question all the world. Here is her deposi- 
tion ; can you read f Read it yourself, then." 

Gerard looked at Oenys, and read him 



MANON » nEPOSITION. 

" I am a native of Epinal. I left my native place two years 
ago because I was unfortunate; I could not like the man 
they bade me. So my father beat me. I ran away from 
my father. I went to service. I left service because the 
mistress was jealous of me. The reason they gave for turn- 
ing me off was, because I was saucy. Last year 1 stood in 
the market-place to be hired with other girls. Tlie landlord 
of the ' Fair Star ' hired me. I was eleven months with him. 
A young man courted me. I loved him. I found out that 
travellers came and never went away again. I told my lover. 
He bade me hold my peace. He threatened me. I found 
my lover was one of a band of thieves. When travellers were 
to be robbed, the landlord went out and told the band to 
«M>me. Hien I wept and prayed for the travellers' souls. I 
never told. A month ago my lover died. 

"The soldier put roe in mind of my lover. He was 
bearded like him I had lost. I cannot tell whether I 
should have interfered if he had had no beard. I am sorry 
I told now." 

The paper almost dropped from Gerard's hands. Now for 
the first time he saw that Manon's life was in mortal danger. 
He knew the dodged law, and the dogged men that executed 
it He threw himself suddenly on his knees at the alderman's 
feet. " Oh, sir ! think of the difference between those cruel 
men and this poor weak woman ! Could you have the heart 
to send her to the same death with them ; could you have the 
heart to condemn us to look on and see her slaughtered, who, 
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j^pft.'"''i.::'si:.c^/'>L,r' -"" "<>' "- ■«"■ *« 

you have none for her, p^r ™,1 n"^ """■r'' '"■"" P"y. if 
"d you wil, rend our'hC^,7vi.u MlVl"' ' "" '™» ™™- 
VJ hat can we do > What ^1,0^' . ■' P™"' *'■"?'<= girl- 

thrMl,ather„all„w"r,t-'"'* "' "' '" ''" """ but cut our 

'ionof&Lr;aed"'.hrt'''s'''T r>'— ■" »«*'-- 

" in a eurious way. He "h-cI L^" '""V''"* ,^™- He showed 
get "P, do," said ie "I d„T f T'*" '""' '■'>■"'"'■ " There 
n;any words for t. What h„ D 1 T^"^-' """''' -«> " 
olerk." A.,,1 on that funeUonaA-^nT ' «? '^"■'' ">« '""n 
"•om, 'Here is a foohsh ad fte» ?"* *^""" "" "'IjoininR 

-esT^r-;'. tltJ;'ed'tt ete'ld'^'h'"- 'r^" "f ■«"•« 
witness by r.,n„in^ hither wurtktal.-' P«./rered herself^ 

.he ele^NrnlaTa' iot/ StJi::";!;" '''"= ''"'^™- -" 

'-ky fS Ma',onf"orX:We™an''"!!T'.'7"' """ this"^" 
rating that he eould not do th™ anr"' f ''^ '"^ '^'"^ «"«" 
.."t do t'other, said "he >™u d show S'l ""' '')*".' ""^ "»" 
he ehose." And he had Manon ™^ , "" "'"''' '"o anything 
"The White Hart" belne h«Z„°? ' '"'' "•?" "«^ '""dlord of 
«ve gold pieces *ith Idl'^a^X-Trl T™ ''^^^ '^P"^''"-^ 
™t some coaxing from Denv, In f. P™'nising, not with- 
hberated her, but eased h.rT^- "."™'' "* » *itness, he 
terms his rea;,n foX l^LenT"'' ' ''"'"''' ''" '" '""'"'» 

■■'"d^:sera^"o^ttu;;^o"a^ -">i'>- ^-««<. 

'" money; a„d she was noMn V ' '^™"'l'""'"' "i"' him 
"P.1 expense, whereas dec'drf char»r'™> x'"'','' ""'^ "»""- 
federates were." And «^^n,„ ''''"fe'ers like her late con- 

Gmrd dancing r„u"nd her" fof jo""" n''"''"' .'^'''^^■' her off, 
h-^rt by assuring her of the demke „? T "ffP'"*^ "P her 

?^Thf^^t:^3::?^,r»^f-^^^ 

^^ U.e whole St., M^X'':5.o°ltr4"'Sf 



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it wannly in her favour, followed her hurrahing «nd eneouimging 
her, till finding herself backed by numbers she plucked up 
heart The landlord too saw at a glance that her presence 
in the Inn would draw custom, and recelred her politely, and 
assigned her an upper chamber : here she buried herself, and 
being alone, rained tears again. 

Poor httle mind, it wa» like a ripple, up and down, down 
and up, up and down. Ridding the landlord be very kind to 
her, and keep her a prisoner «rithout letting her feel it, the 
friends went out; and lo ! as they stepped into the street 
they saw two processions coming towards them from opposite 
rides. One was a large one, attended with noise and howls 
and those indescribable cries by which rude natures reveal at 
odd times that relationship to the beasts of the field and forest, 
which at other times we succeed in hiding. The other, very 
thinly attended by ii few nuns and friars, came slow and 
silent 

The prisoners going to exposure in the market-place. The 
gathered bones of the victims coming to the churchyard. 

And the two met in the narrow street nearly at the inn 
door, and could not pass each other for a long time, and the 
bier that bore the relics of mortality got wedged :,gainst the 
cart that carried the men who had made those bones what 
they were, and in a lew hours must die for it themselves. 
The mob had not the quick intelligence to be at once struck 
with this stem meeting; but at last a woman cried, "Look 
at vour work, ye dogs I" and the crowd took it like wildfire, 
and there was a horrible yell, and the culprits groaned and 
tried to hide their heads upon their bosoms, but could not, 
their hands being tied. And there they stood, images of pale 
hollow-eyed despair, and oh, how they looked on the bier, 
and envied those whom they had sent before them on the 
dark mad th .'v were going upon themselves ! And the two 
men who wert the cause of both processions stood and looked 
gravely on, and even Manon, hearing the disturbance, crept to 
the window, and hiding her face, pee"»d tremblingly through 
her fingers, as women will. 

This strange meeting parted Denys Gerard. The former 
yielded to curiosity and revenge the i.. er doffed his bonnet, 
and piously followed the poor remains of those whose fate had 
so nearly been his own. For some time he was the one lay 
mourner; but when they had reached the suburbs, a long 
way from the greater attraction that was filling the market- 
place, more than one artisan threw down his tools, and more 
than one shopman left his shop, and touched with pity or a 
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^o:^ ;j:r •'-- ""' ^"ri^ o^x-cL^-t: 

the good cur6 mntlv h,,t .rfJi^.i'^ '" "'reunwunces. But 

companion.; still it i, „„„r"T P""'^"" »« not very rare 
two men did. Their So„ ta T' '""' "" *■" « ">«« 
mutual esteem, «, wheri^niih. P™^" """''«' 'ed to 

of hi, steel. Mo" over the liL '!S"1'"^J' ''"'«'" *"rthy 
Md finding hi, custome waf^e-rf /k""' \''" "^ «"«'P- 
the thieves at Domfron wS h»!. I "^ "J"" '""' ''"''Kht 
h«r the whole from his o>^w"''And"hrh '"'•"'''"" ""'' 
Genud, and he said, "God WM^o™f . ?l '"'"r* *"""«' to 
for't with .11 my s^u, Th„'" S""* '°J.''«- ' th«,k Him 

drily, "ShouldstLve old me, St»l'^..'''''u "" «'■'«' 
doubt I had siven thee th^ J. / ^ '" ""^ "-hurchvard. I 
he (the thenS,meter,„dde„irSllf°' .'■"".■■ """O'"." «id 
h«k upon a barjrain But I^li u "'^i "' "' '"^k to m, 
Medoe for theeT^fj fc^"^' LI <,™r\'' *"'"' -' "-y <>« 
TT.e curi went to hi, cl^a^^^J'^,. ^-'d do that for." 
^"..hottle. he -tter^'-t^Cleijf'ff.J^g^P^d^or^the 

"Plait-il.>" Mid Gerard. 

"I said nought Ay, he.« 'tis." 

old triSV:^„T^"*"«' '"" '-"'y 'I"''-- yo" -id, -At their 

p«i^'id'to"hi;aeT;h;:vire''al;ji sr"" "?'""■ "^ '^en 

ke P"t . log of wooS^ ™ the firf fi" T^ '^°'' "'''■ ""en 
Burgundy P'And sT iLd -At fh ,7" **■* "»"<' '" 
Come, «p the aood^L^„rf \'.,*''r ,»'d trick,!' did If 
' care no? if I te'S^ouTStl^i,?"'* " '-"' ''"■^ «" '^^'y. 

Oerard s eyes sparkled. 

" Thou lovest a story > " 

"As my life." 



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TMB ri'Rt'a TAl.t 

111 Ihr .luchy of Burgundy, .ml not ,. day» journey fmm the 
town where now wt M a-sipphiR of old Medoe, there lived- 
. curt, I ,,.y he ived, but barely. The parish wa» small, the 
p«ri.hio.,er, greedy, .n<l never Rave their eure a doit more 
than he could compel. The nearer they brought him to a 
disembodietl spirit by meagre diet, the holier should be his 

KT.'" '1? '"■'"'"' ' '"'""' "<" "' ""» «- 'heir creed, 
but their practice gave it eolour. 

" At last he pickled » rod for them. 

J'P"' -Y **"=, richest farmer in the place ha<l twins 1„ 

baptiK. The cure was had to the .hristeninR dinner as uMrnl ; 

but ere he would baptize the children, he deman<le<l, not 

the christening fees only, hut the burial fees. 'iAunts defend 

u», parson, cried the mother: 'talk not of burying! I did 

never see children liker to live.' 'Nor I,' said the cure 

the pralM be to C«)d. Natheless, they are sure to die, Ixing 

sons of Adam as well as of thee, dame. But die when they 

will, twill cost them nothing, the burial fees being pai.l and 

entered .n this book.' -For all that 'twill cost them some 

thing, quoth the miller, the greatest wag in the place, and as 

big a knave a^ any; for which was the biggest God knoweth. 

But no mortal man, not even the hank-man. 'Miller, I tell 

miller. Twill cost them their lives. At which millstone 
conceit was a great laugh; and in the jjeneral mirth the 
fees were |>aid and the Christians ma<le. 

" But when the next parishioner's child, and the next after, 
and all, ha.1 to pay each his burial fee, or lose his |)lace iu 
heaven, discontent did secretly rankle in the .larish. Well 
one fine day they met in secret, and sent a churehwanlen 
with a complaint to the bishop, and a thunderbolt feU on 
the poor cure. Came to him at dinner-time a summons l„ 
the episcopal palace, to bring the parish books and answer 

nr^h^'^^T^ J*"," ""= ■""■* K""^"' "here the shoo 
pinched He left his food on the board, for small his appetite 
now, aiid took the parish Ixwks and went quaking 
fk" I- .''"''"J] ™tertained him «nth a frown, and exposed 
ine pliant. ' Monseigneur,' said the cure right humbly, 'doth 
the pansh allege many things against me, or this one only.'' 
Ill sooth, but this one,' said the bishop, and softened a little 
fint, monseigneur, 1 acknowledge the fiicL' ' Tis well,' quoth 



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«"d buriH .,.,t Hve7 a7'2^^ ««/ -children h»ve I Upti.eS^ 
pr..«d, th. .., of ,hi. ,,'?,'«« ' "-d ,„ „y, •■ HcVn be 
ng the register bo„k , ,^t^d .."»'" .'"'•"'•y ; but „n seareh- 
he ,„,m„, it eame out th"? of f^ t.-^" "°' ""' "" ?">'"'"« 

.■i"' '■"•' «"<' re one did "'r:,,'"™ -t Dnn-fro*;,., ,|f 

hi» w„ to defraud no, their ^r^lrV'T'E.'"'' "' ^"'- »" 

«;^H, and how 'hty TuV Th:'"*5,u'rJ.h"^ "'*^'-« ^^''' 
rap to keep them frSm L,^Z f ""P' """^ ' '«■■) « 
there be of them that «-ill T ? ' .[ "■. ""="' "«»in«' K^eed 
"'■ the Church shall ;ai^ "f ,'" '•"•'■• j*''' "ke tn/ ,„en 
Then the bishop laughed tmhT, """' *■■" ''"'■ """Rht" 
tioned the ehurihwaSen an h„ , ■""' '*''*"' «•"' quev 

™ny of the prish did' *™e toX"'" 1° ^'''^ ">»' '- 
Ih^n, Mid the bishoD 'J I, unlucky end «i Aix 

■nd my successor : „nd J l« i?T'™ .',!"= ."''• '■<"• "-y-elf 
™nners „„d die in theh^ hju' /"fiu"" "">■ '"™d the," 
nngleaden, crestfallen to threur/"'', ''". .""' "'"J' ''•"^ the 
"er good to us, barring this"'';""'' f^''' ' P"""". ye were 
there be no ill blood anent so triv"i "■.!"""" • l'"'hee let 
«"d. 'My children, I were , L„r.L '^ *t'"«f- '*'■'' 'he euS 
1 not f„,g,ve a wrong; ""r^.^y '° >>? >"" pastor e,«ld 

love n,,y mis, starvation.' ■ ^ '^""^^'^ f"*^" 'he curt yoj 
And the bishop often told tt. . 

=^^"hd:'^xfV?--"'^^'^; 
r-^i^^:?S'2H;^^r^7^-:::^^t 

h've wheedled my .uccei^;' i„° „ ^^1^. ^'^ "^ on't they 

r»e' thyra5':^:L^'„t rj-" -" -r"- '^-"'. 

'" the church norS th' T '?""'"''"> me." 

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rre me«l nf the bett, whate'er thin child iihnll weigh, and 
the Mune will duly p«y to Holy Cliurrh. iu\ If he Ktmll '•rai 
hla tmuble. Pray, good people, for thi* rhlld, and ftur mc lu^ 
mother hither come in dole iind cure I " 

The child wiu weighed, and yelled as If thr TC»le had been 
the font 

" Courage ! dame," cried GerHrd. " Thii in a good aign. 
There li plenty of life here to battle its trotible." 

"Now, blest be the tongue that telU me so," nafd the 
poor woman. She huthed her ponderllng against her bosom, 
and stood aloof watching, whilst another woman brought her 
child to scale. 

But presently a loud, dictatorial voice was heard, "Way 
there, make way for the seigneur ! " 

The small folk parted on both sidfs like waves ploughed 
by a lordly galley, and In marched in gorgeous attire, his 
cap adorned by a feather with n to|)az at its root, his jerkin 
richly furred, satin doublet, red hose, tthoes like skates, 
diamond- hi Ited sword in velvet scnbbard, and hawk on hU 
wrist, "the lord of the manor. " He flung himself into the 
scales as if he was lord of the zodiac as well as the manor: 
whereat the hawk balanced and flapped; but stuck; then 
winked. 

While the sexton heaved in the great weights, the cur^ told 
Oeranl, "My lord hati been sick unto death, uid vowed his 
weight in bread and cheese to the poor, the Church taking her 
tenth." 

" Permit me, my lord ; if your lordship continues to press 
with your lordship's staff on the other scale, you will disturb the 
balance." 

His lordship grinned and removed his stalT, and leaned on it. 
The curi politely but flrmly objected to that too. 

" Mille diables ! what am 1 to do with it, then ? " cried the 
other. 

" Deign to hold it out so, my lord, wide of both scales." 

When my lord did this, and so fell into the trap he had laid 
for Holy Church, the good curA whispered to Gerard, " Cretensis 
incidit in Cretensem!" which I take to mean, "Diamond cut 
diamond." He then said with an obsequious air, " If that your 
lordship grudges Heaven full weight, you might set the hawk 
on your lacquey, and so save a pound." 

"Gramercy for thy rede, curi," cried the great man reproach- 
fully. " Shall I for one sorry pound grudge my poor fowl the 
benefit of Holy Church ^ I'd as liew the devil should have me 
and all my house as her, any day i' the year." 
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"Sweet » affection," whispered the curi. 

I ush ! and the airi looked terrified. 
I he seigneurs weight was booked, and Heaven I .n..t .n i 
bd,eve_^d.d not weigh his g„Ut„d; in the" WaLt"":? Th'J 

ill The !LvlTl ^''\P'-«<^'>'"K. who preach so rarely and so 

•; Ods bodikins 1 what, have you dug him up ? " 
What, the old diet was true after ail f " 

or, b,.t1\Che'rurd rhe™*^- - -ad sent to my lord at 
,vJ.l" '.fl''!' "^'' ^"'1 ^^ l"^ descendant, quickeninit his 

Gerard bowed. 
hil^lTill'" "'".^'' 8«»'-»««'-«randfather held his he«l 

even while speaking, his lo,dsh7p p.„i^''^^^t,y w'^fh h is suJk 
middle of the a.sle, who took to his h.cl, vlK.^ withV^r he 



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moment lie !>uw what he had done. His lordship hurled the 
skull turiuiisly at\er him as lie ran, at which the cure gave a 
shout of dismay and put forth his arm to hinder him, but was 
too late. 

The cure jpnaned aloud. And as if this had evoked spirits 
of mischief, uj) started a whole park of children from some 
ambuscade, and uiiNeen, but heanl loud enough, cluttered out 
of the ehureh like a eovey rising in a thick wood. 

"Oh! these jjemicious brats," cried the cut6, "The work- 
men cannot go to their noneniete but the church iy rife with 
them. Pray HeHven they have not found his late lordship; 
nay, 1 mind, I hid Ins lordship under a workman's jerkin, and— 
saints defend us! the jerkin has been moved." 

The poor cure's worst misgivings were realised ■ the rising 
generation of plebeians had played the mischief with the 
haughty old noble. " The little oiick had jockeyed for the 
bones oh," and pocketed such of them as seemed adapted for 
certain primitive games then in vogue amongst them. 

" I'll cxeonnnunieate them,"' roared the curate, "and all their 
race," 

"Never heed," said the scapegrace lord, and stroked bis 
hawk ; " there is enuugh of him to swear by. Put him back I 
put him back !" 

"Surely, my lord, 'tis your will his bones be laid in hallowed 
earth, and masses said for his }>oor prideful soul ?" 
The noble stroketl his hawk. 

"Are ye there. Master Cure.'* ' said he. " Nay, the business 
is too old : he is out of purgatory by this time, up or donm. 1 
shall not draw my purse-strings for him. Every dog his day. 
Adieu, messires, adieu, ancestor ; " and he sauntered olf whistling 
lo his hawk and caressing it. 

His reverence looked ruefully after him. 

" Cretensis ineidit in Cretensem. ' sjiid he ForrowtuUy. "I 
thought I had him safe for a dozen '.lasses. Yet I blame 
hint not. but that young ncVr-do-wetl which did trundle hi^ 
;mcestor's skull at us : for who could \enerate his great-great- 
graiuKire and play fiMjtliJtll wiili his head Well it l)ehoves us 
to be better I'hristians than he is." So they gathered the bones 
reverently, and the cure locked them up, and fnrbode the work- 
men, who now enterid the church, to close up the pillar, till ht 
shotdd rtoover by thnats of the Church's urath ever}' atom of 
my lonl. And lit' slmwed Cierard a famous shrine in the church. 
Before it were the usual gifts of tapers, &c. There was also a 
wax image of a falcon, nio.st curiously niuuld'.d and coloured to 
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>utu«o' hawk Tit/,' h.,r'''rT "^"y' '''" '"" " 

cannot imin, th.v .. , Le "I i " "^ "'«'""- l««i they 
with , ,,n:^,TL" ,rLlT. '"'V^''""^ "'■■'d •<■ '<> 'hi., shrf,,,. 

notion, .,d,„eZ;::';™Lr::^,j^;^^i.--- ^-^^ >■■ th- 

the cruel l,a„k tl'ar'e.rh.' . ' '"""' ''""'■ "'"'" ">«„ with 

■ By St. r)e„y, y«„ are riKhl, ' sa«l th. ,.ure ■■ R„t 
raule^-vous- the va.nts are .lel-.^.r, .„„1 Z.IZ.„ H -V ,. '*'"' 
-elves, aiul kn,m- man » Iraillv ...I .pt ^ "'' """'" 

"What ! .!„ I,isl,„p, hawk in this «H.ntrt r 

u..J!i::U\^'Z":::^-.jT'rT 'r:"-'' -»" '-- -"• 

rj-^riiSi'S?3'r^^ 
1-^^ i^-H.">iH't^:r;^^-^-^-'!:Lrrt 

" What deReeratiftii i "■ 

(.eranl n.^uireil how the haltie „f the hawks e„,le.l 
the .ore honourable, 1^ ,n t , "fhe''' n-hM, '"] """' T 

••^i h::;e'a!;nr.^'HJ:^'s;Lh'"- ""■-■■' "-•■ -•« 
.^^:;j;f::h.""^ra^-^^^^^^^^^ 

(.erartl took this a, a hint that h^ ,„i„ht J ,11 „ ■ 
with hs own wish for h.. «■■ "^ ""tt"t »ro now It jumped 

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1 liy stoHMch, whose owner clutched him, to keep himielf 
.te^ under the .hocL ; but did not reieue hi. hold <ln regain- 
mg biB equilibnum. " 

"Let go, inan," said Geraid. 

" Not so. You are eay priwrner*" 

" Hriicmer ? " 

"Ay." 

" What for, in Heaven's name ? " 

" What for ? Why, sorcery." 

"SORCERY?" 

"Sorcery. " 



CHAPTER XXXVII 

The culprits were condemed to stand pinioned in the market- 
place for two hours, that should any person recognise them or 
any of them m guilty of other crimes, they miglt despoae to 
that effect at the tnai 

They stood however, the whole period, and no one advanced 
■Jiythmg fresh against them. This was the less remarkable that 
they were night birds, vampires who preyed in the dark on 
weary travellers, mostly strangers. 

But juat a. they were being taken down, a fearful scream was 
Beard in the crowd, and a woman pointed at one of them with 
eyes almost starting from their sockets ; but ere she could 
speak she fainted away. 

Then men and women crowded round her, partly to aid her 
partly from curiosity. When she began to recover they fell t<i 
conjectures. ' 

" 'Twas at him .she pointed." 
" Nay, 'twas at this one." 

" Nay, nay," said another, " 'twas at yon hangdog with the hair 
nung round his neck 

.Ml further conjecture was cut short. The poor creature m 
sooner recovered her senses than she flew at the landlord like a 
honess "My ehUd ! Man ! man i Give me back my child.' 
And she seiaed the glossy golden hair that the officers had hunir 
round his neck, and tore it from his neck, and covered it with 
tastes i then, her poor contused mind clearing, she saw even by 
this token that her lost girl was dead, and sank suddenly down 
shneking and sobbing so over the poor hair, that the crowd rushed 
on the assassin with one «vagc growl Hi, life had ended then 
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d"r^tH„^r,t re;^C"f -T^-^^^ 

■Ae municipal office™ S^„ ,M. "'T*"' J^"" ""•""« "J"* 
b«k to g«>l. *^"'' ""^ P^dently ciOTjed the «ccu«»l 

H.r.," where he expert^^I^i^^^'o::':^ "^^ *""'"'"= '^"'^ 

He^'^u^^The^'-Th^-rL"-''^ '%■'£:?'-«- '^■^ow^ 
tio... Their manner, wSeXtheir^Z*"^ into converse 
He invited then, to Tre^t -t •^T??te°'' i'**"- 

And in thi» eharmiW MKietv he fir^f n . ^'^ """ented. 
.ho .e.^,in,e w„ rlrZ'^^^ J^r\'""^l .?!"' «''^. 



.ho„,e»time w„cfrriei^'Sto.^r', f ""T* P^' «"">«'.' 
^t.>ppecl, h.vi„, now"rfX'°i::!;J'.?V™'_'.1^-y -.<'<l'=f^ 



and dem.«le,l to kno^ by wh^ "Tl'"''' 1^*"" "^ '»"«' 
■%thevice-b,iUe',;'„,d^he«,e "'' "' ™ •™'^'' 

»c; ^:rj^t'.> ^t' Th-r .!;""'• -. ^*""*''' •"- •» 

» blind. No »rcerer «m I • !»?, ^ °' '""'^'7 """* »» 
hor, .■■ "' 'n- I . but » poor true l,d far fr„n, hi. 

'^^Z^.f^l^tr^ "■' °««^ "SHOW hi™ the 

constable suddenly pLnnI If ^1,^1^"""" ""^ '"«» 
Wks lc,l the prii,ner should LhZ H ,"" °" '™*"- 

■««he.l a ,upir,,i,i„,„ „„'X<J:': ""■ ''-"•"■t, to whieh they 

' *'""■'«■> J"" totlwt, Jacques?" 

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"Impowible. We htve no oidcn to Uke him brfore his 
wonhip. Re«d the writ!" 

" N«y, but good kind fellows, wh»t hmrm can it be M will 
give ye each an ^cu." 

" Jacques, what say you to that ? " 

" Humph ! I say we have no orders not to take him to his 
worship. Read the writ I " ,, 

" Then say we take him to prison round by his worship 

It was agreed. They got the money; and bade Gerard 
observe they were doing him a favour. He saw they wanted 
a little gratitude as well as much silver. He tried to satisfy 
Iku cupidity, but it stuck in his throat. Feigning was not 
his forte. 

He entertfl the alderman's presence with his heart in his 
mouth, and begged with faltering voice to know what he hail 
done to offend since he left that very room with Manon ami 
Deiiys. 

" Nought that I know of," said the alderman. 

On the writ being shown him, he told Gerard he had signed 
it at daybreak. " I get old, and my memory faileth me ; a dis- 
cussing of the girl 1 quite forgot your own oflence ; but 1 
remember now. All Is well. You are he I coramittwl for 
sorcery. Stay ! ere you go to gaol, you shall hear what your 
accuser says; run and fetch htm, you." 

The man could not find the accuser all at once. So the 
aldermim, getting impatient, told G«arard the main charge was 
that he had set a dead body a bumng with diabolical fire, thai 
flamed, but did not conawne. " Aad if 'tis true, young man, 
I'm sorry for thee, for Ifcau wilt assuredly bum with fire ol 
good pine logs in the market-place of Neufcha»tcau." 

" Oh, sir, for pity's sake let me have speech with his rever- 
ence the cure." 

The alderman advise<l Gerard against it. '■ The Church was 
harder upon sorcerers than was the corporation." 

" But, sir, 1 am innocent, " said Geraid, between snarUng »iid 
whining. 

" Oh, if i/fu— lAia*— you are iiMOc™/— oflicer, go with liiiii to 
the curt ; but see he 'scape you not. Innocent, quotha ' " 

They found the curt in his doublet repairing a wheel 
barrow. Gerard told him all, and appealed piteously to hiiu. 
"Just for using a little phosphorus— in self-defence— against 
cut-throats they are going to hang." 

It was lucky for our magician tliat he had already told his 
Ule in full to the cure, f )r thus that shrewd personage had holJ 
of the stick at the right end. The crporatioii held it liv Ihr 

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took him into « privite ™^ i ^', ""^"""J bu.ineB." He 
".d guard .he/o^r Ind te "^ f" "" "?«' »'"><' ™t,id^ 
constable stood oSde the d^^ „^ 't""" 'I """i- The big 
the ™on, „y .w.y and leave .'.rt'"*/,™" "P*<=«"^ *» «« 
they were alone the curt unlU 1^1 h? ''""""O"'^- In.tanlly 
himself again. unlocked his countenance and wai 

"Show me the trick on't," «id he, all curiositv 
"I cannot, sir, unless the ,00m be darken^" 
■■ Now the'::."'^"""' "'"-" o- "" '*ht wTt^'a wooden shutter. 

"But on what shalllput it?" said Oerari .. H . 
de«l face. Twa, that mi,le it look i .li^" TK "" '' "" 

about the room. "Good • here k Z ^.'"' ""* K"M 

saint- ■ "*■* '" «" muge; 'tis „,y ,„,Vo„ 

;; Heaven forbid I That were prof««ti„n • 
, ^»''"* ' twill rub oir, Willi not ,-"""■ 

»inV-^'„b'"ectedfrsorr ""^ "■ '^' »•"•■ '"-"y *"•■ . 
" Fiddlestick!" said the divine. 

^ve^^itTno'LCTrt'^ "" "■'' '«'""- »*" »'«"' r""' 

Th"^'enP«;i;"ed" ^e'^i,'^'', 7tr "'^ ""' "■' ""* '"""y 
™*.nd mad^^h; ^Jrt^ump' TheXhrd ""ll^'V^^ ""^ 

wonder tl^T^hey ^"„k ' m f^r '*"• ".^''""«<^. •'«' »n,«ll my 
.hu, iired. Now^coTe'th^; "wl; ^ThTeTV '-'"« » "-1 '- 

^.^ir^d-^rtd'-rs-t F —■ - -™-' 

londs, and a cocke,! hat ' '"'"'' «"*" ""h t>\w 

^^r::^!^ ;!r«.tzrki^r »}""■«' "- «■'« •-- 

«' "«■ in selM^frnel' ^ . °*,'"»l«<<^ « tr»e Ud, who did 
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" But he in no churchman, to dabble in nuch myRteriea," 
objected the aldeirnan. 

" He is more churchman than layman, being convent bred, 
and in the lesier orders," said the ready cur^. " Therefore, 
sorcerer, withdraw thy plaint without more wordH ! " 

"That will I not, your reverence/' replied Mangis Ktoutly. 
" A sorcerer 1 am, but a white one, not a black one. I make 
no pact with Satan, but on the contrary still battle him with 
lawful and necessary arts. 1 ne'er profane the sacraments, 
as do the black sorcerers, nor turn myself into a cat and gn 
sucking infants' blfxxl, nor e'en their breathy nor set deaii 
men o' fire. 1 but tell the [leasants when their cattle and 
their hens are postit'v^d, and at what time of the moon tu 
plant rye, and wn^t clayN in each month are luoky for wiioinf{ 
of women and seltmg uf bullocks and so forth : above all, 
it is my art and my trade to detect the blark magicians, as 
I did that whole tribe of them who were burnt at Dol but 
last year." 

'*' Ay, Mangis. And what In the upshot of that famous tire 
thy tongue did kindle ^ " 

" Why, their ashes were cast to the wind. 

" Ay ; but tlie true end of thy comedy is this. The parliii- 
ment of Dijon have since sifted the matter, and found they 
were no sorcerers, but good and peaceful citizens ; and hut 
last week did order masses to be said for tlieir souls, siid 
expiatory &rces and mysteries to be played tor them in seven 
towns of Burgundy ; all which will not of thi>se cinders make 
men and women again. Now 'tis our custom in this lam), 
when we have slain the innocent by hearkening taUe knaves 
like thee, not to blame our credulous ears, but the false tongue 
that gulled them. Wherefore bethink thee that, at a word 
from me to my lord bishop, thou wiit. -mell buniing piiu- 
nearer than e'er ki:ave smelt it untl U"L-t\, and will travel 
on a smoky cloud to him whose he^rt Uiou bearest (tor the 
word devil in the Latin it meaneth 'false accuser'), and whose 
livery thou wcarest." 

And the cur^ pointed at Mangis with his stalf- 

" That is true i'fegs," said the alderman, " for red and black 
be the foul 6endys (x)lours." 

By this time the white sorcerer's cheek was as colourless as 
his dress was fiery. Indeed the contraHt amounted to pictorial. 
He stammered out, " I respect Holy Church and her will ; 
he shall fire the churchyard, atut all in it, for me : 1 do with- 
draw the plaint." 

"Then withdraw thyself," said the vice-bailiff. 
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tone ;fSu"M:: rr„%trt:r,'*^ '- -«'-«»'- 

"Doubt it Mt! Huniprvi"T^«'P«ye«." 

"kI kiwed It. ""'• '^"""i eaught the prietfj h«nd, 

".e'«?r^ r^ " Wff'ejrr^-:,, ,.^,™,''- »ved. „,, ft"™' 

Nought, tuoliah lu^ d' "'' ' *™t 

^ Hu™p*h!l/t.t h«,^t^, ":,!?'% r^. N..hele« 

TZh^"rr'"r"""'-"'^k^"'^^ "''• " "' 
"Di.,«tr?'j::„,^ry"',;:;':i;^^«<^ 

pho,phon«.. Twill co,t me , fcrtn^h, •'^'"'" "■" "»' ""• 
.onl ■• The .ure ,ighed, .ud hi, „" fii„lC"""' ""' '*'" 

" N»y. nay," cried GeWrt ^T ^ V L"""*"*'* 
n»' w« „„ falsehood, father ^7vn„ I I™'™ '''•*'''' 

WM vour,, i, y„„^ Xn<l he Ihm. *,K h^T ""^ Phosphorus 
h««l. "But ahi,, tiH too""-^™;* "J^ •»"' into the eunf, 
f™ n,y purse ,„,„ewh.i r^H^.f.V 'r""..y™ "<« take 
Wd™thi»p„,«,,i,h^„,,/°;^H^>^<h"reh.> «,,d „„^ h, 

wi„rhir;''.J!;:tti!'t"'T.';:'f' fi™',' -"* '■" •"-"» o-'cki, 

tome the, mther e«.h Zy ,tVnJ ' .""^ , •""P*"'- et exuK 
">'•; for my heart warmT^toth^ •■"'"' ,'"^- "" *'■' ""h 

Tf-^^itTh^'" '•""'^ '«hiJi him"' "'' ''' "" "f ve^ 

But they itehed in vain 

Where there „ a heart the,r',„Hubi™„. 

-tTlri ^'%:° fe inn t„ relieve l>„y, „f ^^^ 

f- He fo^n^d^ht'" :i e"d"":t"hi:T"" T" ■■"- ---• 

'7" young ladies whose manner, ., J ' P'"""» '"<•'' "i"' 
plwmn high. manner, ,err unreserved, and com- 

t'crard Was hurt <i v i ■• 

he.™l„„ringup '^ ""'''"■' I"'"' 1" Jeanneton!- said 

'^-i^tepr^„?2rl{---Hedie. 
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"Oh, did ihe^ And what nmy you to that, mrMlriiHUKfllr* ? " 

" We vky that none run women down, but i*uch an arc too 
old, or too ill-favoured, or too witleu to |ilciiM* tht^m." 

"WitlcM, quotha^ Wlte men have nut folly enough to 
pleaie them, nor madness enoiij^h to desire to please them," 
Mid Gerard loftily ; " but 'tis to my comrade I speak, nut to 
you, you braaen toads, that make so free with a man at Ant 
sight" 

" Preach away, comrade. Fling a byword or two at our heaiU. 
Know, ffirls, that he is a very Solomon for bywords. .VIethinks 
he was brought up by hand on 'rm." 

"Be thy friendship a by wonl I ' retorted (ierard. "The 
friemlship that melts to nought at sight of a farthingale. " 

" Malheureux !" cried Deny", " I speak but pellets, and thou 
aiuwerest daggers." 

"Would 1 t-ould," was the reply. *' Adieu." 

" What a little ravage ! " said one of the girlii. 

Gerard opened the door and put in his head. " I have 
thought of H byword," said he spitehiUy— 

" 'Qui haat« femmes et dsi 
U moam en paavretas.' 

There." And hnving delivered this thunderbolt of antiqiw 
wisdom, he slammeil the door viciously ere any of them coulti 
retort. 

And now, l>eing somewhat exhausted by bin anxietiett, he 
went to the bar for a morsel of bread and a cup uf wine. The 
landlord would sell nothing less than a pint bottle. Well thcti 
he would have a bottle ; but when he came to roni|)are the 
contents of the bottle with its siie, great was thi- discrepancy : 
on this he examined the bottle keenly, and found tlmt thf 
glasi was thin where the Uittle tapered, but towards the Iwttoin 
umiaturally thick. He (winted this out at once. 

The landlord answered su|>erciliously that he did not miikt 
Imttles; and was nowise accountable for their shapt-. 

"That we will see presently," said Geranl. " 1 will take this 
thy pint to the vice-bailiff." 

" Nay, nay, for Heaven's sake," cried the landlord, changing 
his tone at once. "I love to content my customers. If l>) 
chance this pint be short, we will charge it and its fellow thrt'c 
sous, instead of two sous each." 

" So be it But much I admire that you, the host of so fair 
an inn, should practise thus. The wine, too, smacketh strong!} 
of spring water." 

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How then rmiwVlJr^ .Tif k T..''^" "',' P"' "«-«• 
with the fcwwho ^jl ? ' *" *''*" ""' " """^"-"ked 

putcs, their mug, »„.l the.r spoons, f. .iiy honest couple that 

bHland^dZL-n '"?;,"'' '"^ "'«^""'"' «""''h «{.« 
unues «na Dndal tram. They come not to us : indeed we ™...M 

it We 1,„JV ; .u *■"" "^ "•= *'"> "'™? They irow 

-. kill for „, „„,e« ;e Z^ tht '^^ ""= '"'"^''"' "'^>' "*" 
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us into prison and keep us there Ull we pay or die. But we 
cannot cast into prison those who buy those very victuals of 
us. A traveller's horse we may keep f^. his debt; but where 
in Heavens name ? In our own stable, eating his head off at 
our cost \ay, we may keep the traveller himself; but where ? 
In gaol ? Nay. in our own good house, and there must we 

u /f w ^."' ^'V «""'• ^"^ ^ "'"K g°<^ silver after 
bad ? Merci ! no : let him go with a wanion. Our honestest 
customers are the thieves. Would to Heaven there were more 
ol them. They look not too close into the shape of the 
canakm, nor into the hosts reckoning: with them and with 
their purses tis lightly come, and lightly go. Also they spend 
freely, not knowing but each carouse may be their last. But 
the thief-takers, instead of profiting by this fair example, are 
tor ever robbmg the poor host. When noble or honest travellers 
descend at our door, come the Provost's men pretending to 
suspect them, and demanding to search them and their papers 
ro save which offence the host must bleed wine and meat 
Ihen come the excise to examine all your weights and measures 
liou must stop their mouths with meat and wine. Town excise 
Koyal excise. Parliament excise. A swarm of them, and ali 
with a wolf m their stomachs and a sponge in their gullets 
Monks friars, pilgrims, palmers, soldiers, excisemen, provost- 
marshals and men, and mere bad debtors, how can -The White 
Hart; butt against all these.' Cutting no throats in self- 
detence as do your 'Swans' and 'Roses' and 'Boar's Heads' 
and 'Red Lions' and 'Eagles,' your 'Moons,' 'Stars,' and 
Moors, how can 'The White Hart give a pint of wine for 
« pint? And everything risen so. Why, lad, not a pound of 
bread I sell but costs me three good copper deniers, twelve 
to the sou ; and each pint of wine, bought by the tun, costs 
me four deniers; every sack of charcoal two sous, and gone 
m a day A pair of partridges five sous. What think you of 
that .' Heard one ever the like f five sous for two little beasts 
all bone and feather? A pair of pigeons, thirty deniers. Tis 
rumation ] I ! For we may not raise mr pricen with the market. 
Uh no. I tell thee the shoe is trode all o' one side as well 
as pmches the water into our eyn. We may charge nought 
for mustard, pepper, salt, or firewood. Think you we get them 
lor nought? Candle it is a sou the pound. Salt five sous the 
stone, pepper four sous the pound, musUrd twenty deniers the 
pnit ; and raw meat, dwindleth it on the spit with no cost to 
me but loss of weight ? Why, what think you I pay my cook > 
But you shall never guess. A HUNDRED SOUS A YEAH, 
AS I AM A LIVING SINNER. 
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byword i'or looseness, and pride !1'h,T """ ""' ""' » « 
But, mind you, h^ ,t^ ™ the olh^r i ""; *" '^'' *''^ <^'"»y- 
but U8 hotel-keepers Vi'th a „'^" '"^ T*"'" '"•**'' « f^th^, 
5"rfl«. for that, and mTs g^leT ,f .^1'^ ^ '^'^'^ f" 'hi. 
rfunng mass. Why, the lawforees n f "'^"'"'^ "■"• ''■»" 
travellers fmm another toL f "P'" "' »" hours to 

'ho« he the wort, "hev ^, r'"«' ^'i""«' "■• I«»"'k" 
-e refuse them, mass orZ ^s ".L,"' "^^7' ""= ''«""'' if 
"eep m with the true travelkre ^re » T 1 "*"^"'«" should 
vow they are tired wayftre^ Sd o.^^ u '''^'""- They ,11 
great town like this > So if J ''"' ' •""' '™iy face in a 

are to suffer; and if we ~ it'^o?"' ''" '"- "- Poor soult 
bleed at two lK,les, iine a^d'^:^'^;: 'stom ^^^ '""'' P""-"™' 
o'^^^';:^,^-I^™--!:^"ahahhlin«hr«,k.- 

■' '""'"" « '•'«*■" i° onu,e volabili. ,™„... 

;:^'^"r°'warar;?^^^^^^ all concerned, this 

m upon his wrongs -vith all th^ .h ! '^'""her man burst 
— wrong re.1 hot. w ' Den. ™"'^«'' "^ " ■^'™t "-rong 

'■'yiug that he was robbed ^^ """"K ™'' ™'»ring and 

do"tl^ybfc 'Therhrve: ^''" *"» ^ "•'=y' "here 
pieces: raise the h^I ^a%\Z"'Uu'^ '",'' «"— S^'den 
inus are all guetapens " '"^'^ ' "^ ! traitresses! vipeB.l "rhese 

befallen. ^ """ '" he calm, and .say how it had 

f oih^rTenTt SehVrLr ^ = t" ^"" ^ -'■«« 
flapped hand to purse and fom^?'-.'" "^'"'^'" 'etuming, I 
oreatures, I was lettrng Them ™,1 it ir*"^ n ""' •'"^«'«'-"' 
4ee were not quick enough L' " "/"'"P' ''"' '™ded 
lump." ' ""«". tney must claw it ail in a 

the^'oXlrM tS '* ""'" '" *"" "'"^"^n and setting 
»'leut «!,•.■■>" °'-J- "' ""e the law. No; ,3 it c«ne 

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Gernrd would not give it up so. 

At A hint from the landluni he forced Denys along with 
htm to the provost-marshal. That dignitary shook his head. 
" We have no clue to occasional thieves, that work hones Jy 
at their needles, till some gull comes and tempts them with 
an easy booty, and then they pluck him." 

"Come away," cried Denys furiously. "I knew what use 
a bourgeois would be to me at n pinch ; " and he marched 
off in a rage. 

" They are clear of the town ere this," said Gerard. 

" Speak no more on't if you pri?* my friendship. I have 
five pieces with the Iwiliff, and ten I left with Marion, luckily : 
or these traitresses had feathered their nest with my last 
plume. What dost gaj>e for so? Nay, I do ill to vent my 
choler on thee: I'll tell thee all. Art wiser than I. What 
saidst thou at the door? No matter. Well then, I did offer 
marriage to that Manon." 

Gerard was durabfoundered. 

" What ? You offered her what ? " 

*' Marriage. Is that such a mighty strange thing to offer 
a wench ? " 

" 'Tis a strange thing to offer to a strange girl in passing." 

" Nay, I am not such a sot as you opine. I saw the com 
in all that chaff. I knew I could not get her by fair means, 
so I was fain to try foul. 'Mademoiselle/ said I, 'marriage is 
not one of my habits, but struck by your qualities I make an 
exception : deign to bestow this hand on me.' " 

"And she bestowed it on thine ear." 

" Not so. On the contrary she — Art a disrespectful young 
monkey. Know that here, not being Holland or any other 
barbarous state, courtesy begets courtesy. Says she, a. colour- 
ing like a rose, ' Soldier, you are too late. He is not a patch 
on you for looks ; but then — he has loved me a long time.' 

"'He? who?' 

" ' T'other.' 

" ' Wlmt other ? * 

'"Why, he that was not too late.' Oh, that is the way 
they all speak, the loves, the she-wolves. Their little minds 
go in leaps. Think you they marshal their words in order 
of battle ? Their tongues are in too great ii hurry. Says she, 
* I love him not ; not to say love him ; but he does me, and 
dearly ; and for that reason I'd sooner die than cause him 
grief, I would.'" 

" Now I Iwlieve she did love him." 

" Who doubts that ? Why, she s-iid so, round about, as they 
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always say these things, ,„d with -nay for 'av ' < I h 

will be happy together,' said I ^ ^' ' """P* ^^ 

give me heTh»,i"*h^'' '° '""•"'"' '""' "' '"'• »» «he could not 
to leTve ™r. f' «""' ""^ " P'«« »'■ -"i"". and that wa' 

wher^Cp:X"'Sermett^r"H'^ 1^^^ ^'^'' 
travel back with L^l K , T ""'' ' should have some to 

and lea™ it J,th her Her f""* ' 7°"^'' ^*'" >■" «■>"«. 
what you do Ch^LriltJ h" «°* "^ ^"^^ '*■'' 'Think 

that o?d ZTaSs rin'ih ™"' °t"^^' "™' *° '"™ ««" ^^y 

pro4tha'r^£: pr^^rx^rmt'^'" '""'^' '"-"^ 

with aTn^r^ButTh" ''■T'' "'"'"P'™ '" f-"'" »"• Genml, 
ha^„rS!r-him""„V^,^,"^t™-™' '"""'■^ «'"''y«'>yhe 

towXTtSgtt "B^uf.t'"' '^l "'■".'^y-' -'■y '"en 1 had 
" Now that is true." «uiirl r;«>H.Ki « v 

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■tance he Imd CMuiped long imprisonment or speedy con- 
flagration. 

His narrative produced an effect he little expected or desired. 
" I am a traitor," cried Denyn. " I left thee in a strange place 
to fight thine own battles, while I shook the dice with those 
jades. Now take thou this sword and pass it through my body 
forthwith." 

"What for, in Heaven's name?" inquired Gerard. 

*' For an example," roared Denys. " For a warning to all 
false loons that profess friendship and disgrac^i it." 

"Oh, very well," said Gerani. "Yes. Not a bad notioa 
Where will you have it } " 

" Here, through my heart ; that is, where other men have 
a heart, but I none, or a Satanic false one." 

Gerard made a motion to run him through, and flung his 
arms round his neck instead. " i know no way to thy heart 
but this, thou great silly thing." 

Denys uttered an exclamation, then hugged him warmly; 
and quite overcome by this sudden turn of youthful affection 
and native grace, gulped out in a broken voice, "Railest on 
women — and art— like them — with thy pretty ways. Thy 
mother's milk is in thee still. Satan would love thee, or— 
le bon Dieu would kick him out of hell for shaming it 
Ciive me thy hand ! Give me thy hand ! May " (a tremendous 
oath) "if I let thee out of ray sight till Italy." 

And so the stanch friends were more than reconciled after 
their short tiff. 

The next day the thieves were tried. The pieces de cottvictvrr 
were reduced in number, to the great chagrin of the little 
clerk, by the interment of the )x>nes. But there was sti'l a 
pretty show. A thief's band struck of flagrante delktu, a 
murdered woman's hair, the Abbot's axe, ancf other tools o' 
crime. The skulls, &c , were sworn to by the constables who 
had found them. Evidence was lax in that age and place. 
They ail confessed but the landloru. And Manon was called 
to bring the crime home to him. Her evidence was conclusive. 
He made a vain attempt to shake her credibility by drawing 
from her that her own sweetheart had been one of the gang, 
and that she had held her tongue so long as he was alive. 
The public prosecutor came to the aid of his witness, and 
elicited that a knife had been held to her throat, and her 
own sweetheart sworn with solemn oaths to kill her should 
she betray them, and that this terrible threat, and not the 
mere fear of death, had glued her lips. 

The other thieves were condemned to be hanged, and the 
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Umllord to be broken on the wheel H. ..« j 
cry when hi» sentence wa. p™nou„"d "' """^ * P'"''"* 

It .lmd«l into t "o Cd ^l^r IZ'^'^ '" '■" f"™'! 
the majority of her ownT^ tlT h - '' 'i"*?*^ *° «••'«. 

hut equally divided wh^h S h P^' """ "" "■«'« "«■* 
y«r..' Pe^rhap, ^nie'S wilf eLS'n%"h ™k' *" " '""■•''«' 
for me, I am a little TJ J ,, i ? • v* Phenomenon. As 

»tand. ,t has'hJtf'j »n^t"";fea'„' Ze 'h'ad°"h "t*'" 
.1 lover of notoriety, she would h.v. ,■*"?"""' """l she been 

talked of "othin/but h™ The ;,o^™H P' 't^'"'™ 

r^'ir^alf^^l^^ranrlVT^^^^^^^ 
ing them, or ki,"rtherVut Xr"th '{'"£'''"'"' ''''''- 
these attentions are mters^isHl ^Ih "*,*'"• P~*'''«'' 

it would have been Sid Krf T.? T^'T^ "'««'«=» i » 
mere threat of that sS He 1L " u'^'" "*"« «' • 

a rival. She sobW sTn«le mfndX""" "''''"' '" *"" 

to appear. Whence hKe7!^hl "" "" '""^ '''~''' ^eign 
tap ather door, a^d the I^<5^h ™? ? '"T "°"' "'«■"' *« « 
weep not, go«l las^^r S,e°t " JJ^*" ' rP"".'- "''V. 
the wort, and you are^hamlfeZid o' "^e W^urHl^" ^^ 
.l^:Sl"Te af rvlr'aTiV "^f ''f "K" ''-r 

The landlonl cons^ed" aL "oax J fer "Sd"" t^hl 
calmer, but none the less determinlj ■ L ■_ ""' became 

The landlord left her B^t^reln"*"^"* \' P™P°"'- 
her another proposal Would sh^ ^ *h ""^ T^""^ ""■ '"«'« 
"The White Hart •■ .' ^ *"' "f*' "^ l™dhidy of 

;■ You do ill to mock me,- said she sorrowfully 

.iests^'^^or^r; w'o^ra'ni'T ""'■ ' ™ '°° «"" f" -"7 
for worse." ' ""'' ^"^ ""^ "-y Partner for better 

4^.^t^''hi^™;teTetr„?.rp-i^^^^ 

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"We will kpf|> it dark till the liuusr w quiet," said the 
landlord. 

" Ay," Mid she ; " but meantime prithee pve nie linen to hem, 
or work tn do, for the time hanf^s on me like lead." 

Her betrothed's eye brightened at this housewifely request, 
iind he brought her up two dozen flagons of various siscw tu 
clean and polish. 

She gathered complacency an she reflected that by a strange 
turn of fortune all this bright pewter was to be hers. 

Ami this mighty furbishing up of pewter reminds me thjtt 
justice requires me to do a stroke of the same work. 

Well then, the deposition, reatl out in the alderman's rooiu 
as Manon's, was not so exact as such things ought to be. The 
alderman had ctnidensed her evidence. Now there are in every 
yrcHt nation about three persons capable of f!ondensing evidence 
without falsifying it ; but this alderman was not one of that 
small hand. In the first jmrt of the deposition he left out ns 
unimportant these words, " My mother advised me to keep out of 
his way till his wrath should cool." 

Between the words "jealous of me" and "the reason" 
Manon had saidj " My master was aye at my heels : so I told 
my mistress, and said 1 would ratiier go than be cause of 
mischief." This the alderman suppressed as mere babble : 
whereas it was :. n^'+hy trait. He^so let slip the word "after- 
words " in the next sentence. Manon had said the reason they 
gave qflenvards, i.e,, "when I was no longer there to con- 
tradict them." And so on all through the deposition. 

Sometimes the deponent suffered as many a one does nown- 
days, in the newspaper and other reports, by the mere suppression 
of the question. For instance, this is what actually was said : — 

The Alderman. " Come now, should you have interfered if 
this soldier had had no beard ? " 

MuHou " How can I tell what I nhouid have done?" 

Now this was merely a sensible answer to a monstrous 
question no magistrate had a right to put. But under the con- 
densing process, behold her saddled with a volunteer statement 
of a ver}' damaging character. 

Finally she had said, " I am sorry I told, if I am to be hanged 
for it." 

This the ohl Iwy condensed ut supra, p. a 1 4, anticipating as far 
as possible the tuneful Sinclair.* 

" Sinclair was a singer; and complained to the manager that in the 
operatic play of "Rob Roy ' he had a multitude of mere words to otter 
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seniors and tetr''' ' "^ "" '"""« "■ »''>«'' »>y 

",. w ,r""- ^"^ "" '"""^ >■""■• thought." 
Well, sir. It was said of a ho.kI «ifr 1,„ .h • . 

'hrne qu» latuit \m\t vi«ii • m . ■ , >^ , "^ anoiFiits, 
that is least taTed of I u h, . "' ,"'"■ '" ""■ "«" *»'' 
.s near the mirk rLrefoL .^' ""'''; 1"* ,!»'»" ' »ere 
will, why not SpuieswUrDenv/"'', '■'''' ""^ '*'' K""^" 
safe home with a dSZ The,^3h"? "" """ """"'i' ''" 
inherownpl.cemay.2L!;grt\nif:U"^^ """"' ^'^" 

.herKff:rt„"br'.- ■■ "■" °"'^'- "■^"'^ ■"" ">- - "»* 
" w^4:^l^sffs^:'£ ■; thl irSeti"-"""' "'"'^■ 

that ct „,r«Svfc T mX t'hT T "t"''!'"- ^*"' '" 

-^;.^h«./dHn..i,e3i^'.^tn;?'r^r:r'::! 

" And shall. Ay, now you utter sense." 

J^'krciucr^thi.rtre bLt'd '"" ^'^^ -^ ^-""'-'- 

and bustling, an'd h:r »lo", nsinra "ue " """"*' ■"" '"'""'»■ 

tM raKhed pctoritT Hi. mS ""'^ "M of hi. ma.ter.8troke. 

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In tU minutM more the loundly rated > c»i»le«« Kwint- 
clri for tarrying « nipperkln of wine awry «nd ipiUing good 
nquor. 

Diirinn the evening ihe received tctoat the bw eight oilers 
of man .age, some of them from respectable burghen. Now the 
landlord and our two Mend j had in perfect innocence enaconced 
themselves behind a screen, to drink at 'heir ease the new 
couple's health. The above comedy wai, thrown in for their 
entertainment by bounteous fate. TKuy henid the proposals 
made one after another, and uninventive Manon^s invariable 
answer — "Serviteur; you are a day after the fair. " The land- 
lord chuckled and looked good-natured superiority at both his 
late advisers, with their traditional notions that m^n shun a 
woman "quic patuit," i.r., who lias become 'he town talk. 

But Denys scarce noticed the soouse's ti.unipb over him, lie 
wai so occupied with his own over Gerard. At each munici(>al 
tender of undying affection, he turned ahnost purple with tlie 
. ibrt it cost him not to roar with glee ; and driving his ellww 
into the deep-meditating and much-puzaled pupil of antiquity, 
whispered, "Le peu que aont les hommes." 

Th , next morning Gerard was eager to start, but Denys was 
under a vow to see the murderers of the golden-haired girl 
executed. 

Gerard respected his vow, but avoided his example. 

He went to bid the cur* farewel instead, and sought and 
receive<l his blessing. About noon tl e travel I irs got clear iif 
the town. Just cutside the south gate they passed the gul'ows : 
it had eight tenants : the skeleton of Manon's laU wept, and 
now being fast forgotten, lover, and the bodies of those who had 
so nearly taken our travellers' lives. A hand war nailed to the 
beam. And harl by on a hu^e wheel was clawed the dead 
landlord, with every bone in his body broken to pieces. 

(Jerard averted his head and hurried by. Denys lingered, 
and crowed over his dead foes. " Times are changed, my lads, 
since we two sat shaking in the cold awaiting you seven to 
come and cut our throats." 

" Kie, Denys : Death squares all reckonings. Prithee pass 
on without another word, if you priie my respect a jr.'oat.' 

To this earnest remonstrance Denys yield«l. He even said 
thoughtfully, -'You have been better brought up than 1. " 

About three in the afternoon they reached a little town »itli 
the people buzzing in knots. The wolves, starved by the cold, 
had entered, and eaten two grown-up persons overnight, in the 
main street : so some were blaming the ea^en— " None but fools 
or knaves are about after nightfall j othera the law for not pro- 



THE CLOISTEK AND THE HEARTH 

•• Ay, but 'tl.," rcni<iii»lraletl Gerard. 
VVh.l, are wc the piir thev ate f " 
■Vo, but we limy Ih. the neii p,i,." 

sunris,.- P '" *"' *"" »' »""»<". »n<l bum it tiU 

...utton fit I. aU ThSr]^" ■• " '"'"'' •"'P'J' *'''"»"' Why. 

:i.IiT'es7od.ny w'; "ei;' "rr. '.""^ "■' 'is'"- , ^," "■ ""■*» '-"■ 

Iheirfur p;Z 1 » . ' '"'I" tHat !urk, I ween? under 

«re.t voyager, my son Niehol..." ^ *"' ""■ "' " " 

f Xr r X" C; ^-- -T •-- P--y to 

gr^g^^Pra-nz^I^-SS^ll' 

p-.yetW*Wa„de«'Je''wo°ve,'"Tut'^:' l'" T"""' "' 

'«"! have ftl"Ly tey xTc^le ''lir ';?^„rd' '°'"=";' r' ""' 
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woodii hnnl by the north wall, and therfin ^n-nt iturr nl' ileer, 
hikI wild btwn rife an Him at mUUuminer." 

"Sir," Mid Gerard, "you Mrm oonvenant with wild beastN, 
prithi'C uilvittt* my <tiniraile here and inr : we would not waKtc 
time on the nma, mi' if we may gu forward U> the nvxt town 
with rettNonable safely." 

"Young man, I truw 'twere an idle riitk. It lacltH but uii 
haurof duHk, and you must pasK nigh a wothI where lurk nohh' 
thousands ot these half-starve:! vermin, rank cowards itlngle ; but 
in f(reat bands Iwld as lionx. Wherefore I rede you Kojouni 
here the night ; and journey on betimes. Hy tin: dawn the 
vermin will lie tired out with roaring and rumpaging; uriil 
mayhap will have filled their lank l)elliet with He>h of my goml 
neighbours here, the unteaehablr fooK." 

(ierard hopctl nut ; and asketl could he recommend thcni to it 
gotn] inn. 

" Humph! there is 'The Tele d Or.' My grandaughter 
keeps it. She is a mijaur^e, but not so knavish as mofit hotel- 
keepers, and her house indifferent clean." 

" Hey, for 'The Tfite d'Or,* " struck in Denyi, decided by hi^ 
ineradicable foible. 

On the way to it, Gerard inquired of hi* companion what a 
"niijaurie " was? 

Oenys laughed at his ignorance. " Not know what a mijaur^r 
is? why, all the world knows that. It is neither more nor les^i 
than a mijaur^." 

As they entered "The T^te d'Or," they met a young Inily 
richly dressed, with the velvet chaperon <m her head, which w.ii 
confined by law to the nobility. They unboimeted and loutcil 
low, and she curtsied, but fixed her eye on vacancy the white, 
whic>h had a curious rather than a genial effect. However^ 
nobility was not so unassuming in tthwe days as it is now. Sn 
they were little surprised. But the next minute supper 
was served, and lo ! in came this princet^s and carved ttir 
goose. 

" Holy St. Bavon," cried Gerard. " 'Twas the landlady alt the 
while." 

A young woman cursed with nice white teeth and lovely liunds: 
for these beauties being misallied to homely features, had turned 
Iier head. She was a feeble carver, carving not for the sake of 
others but herself, i.e., to flisplay her hands. When not carving 
she was eternally euher taking a pin out of her head or her 
body, or else putting a pin into her head or ho' body. To 
display her teeth, she laughed indifferently at gay or grave, and 
from ear to ear. And she " sat at ease " with her mouth ajar. 
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woolIs hanJ b\ ti 
hikI wild ht'.»iv ni 

'■ Sir. " >Ji)t* tr» 



.- ii'«rUi wail, and therein ^rc-;tt store ot ilet* 
1- ..s riies lit inkKninnit-r." 
iint, "you bctm r-onversant witli win! beavf 
■ vainiriitK; tuTt: <iii(I iiu- ; wu wnuUl not w.v' 



tini' uti the f'v^vt, Hii' ifwi,' n say ^o forward 1.0 tht if\l tin- 
wifli r<'.isonal)le '*«rel\." 

'• ^ uuiij; ■n.iii. I truw 'tucre an idl*- psk. It l:u'k.s but 
hiur iit'ilusk tnd v"u must pass iiiifh a w.kxI when' lurk sni' 
thu:jwm<!s Ml tlnst' li(tlf-st;ir\it;l vennin. rink ciwirfls sinple ; ;■ 
in ^TCHt Iwii'is Uttd a;- lioits. When i'urv I rodo you sojd 
hf-rc tht; ni^h' , .uul jmiriK-y '"i Nfiinit-:. Uv the dawn ;' 
vt-nnJn wlil l>t' tind <Mit v\ith n.'aniii>- a-id runiftapiii^ ; 
■ iiayhnp will (iav<* iilUd Ihi-ir lank ItelUes with riesli ofmv 2"' 
iit'iglil«>Mr-> hvif, the uiihatliablc llio' . ' 

(ierard hoped n*'t ; and askwl couk) he recommend lh(ui (.> 
^;i<mI inn, 

'■ Hj'.nph .' there is 'The Trte d Or." My ^and«u^l.' 
kfC}>s it. Shf is a mijnuret;, l>i|t no! so knavish as iim^t tx • 
kt;fpcr>, Hiui htr hou'-c indifJrri'itt cltan 

" Hev, for '111*' 'rctr)''Or,' " struck in Peiiys, dei-iiled In 
inrmdicable foible. 

On the way to it, ('er.rd I'tqtiircd of h,ys cfinjMinioii «ii. 
"niij^iir^ " W'li - 

Denys laughed nt hi> iiinorant'*,-. " Not know what a niijjii. 
is,^ why, ali the world knows lliat. it is neitlier uiorc n-n 
than a nijauree." 

\s they crteretl "The Tf'te d Or/' they met a youi;:, 
richly dressed, with the velvet chajuron on her head, wiii.i: ■ 
eonfired by Uw to the nobility. They imliortneted and nn.; 
h>w. ami >lit! ciu'l'iifd, l)u', th'd In 1 e\^- oi< vacancy th( .'■[;i 
whii'b had a funotiN 'ithei than a ;ffiii!ii oflect. lf<'VT« 
liufbility w>s nvt -o un;i&->iin'ini in (host- diiys as it i> Oi-w 
tt)e\ were iittle. siir|(hi>ed Bui the next niinut' /n 
'.^H" SM'cd. and ii' in <'inir* tins prineess and c->«r-\.' 



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>■ Hav'Mi. ' en"'! ( 'criird. " 'Twas the larniKd- 



A voini^r ■'. I'l.ian ciin^fd witJi niee v, hit»^ tetth and l'>v.- 
forthvse iK-.i.itiesb^inff tuisalii*d ti> hnuio'y featurr-. h;^. 
h<r hr^d ^h* was a feeble eat^'er, carvinj; nut for tti- 
others but hffv-lf. if., ti' tlispluv her luuiiJs \^ hen nf 
she y\Ks i-teri^-,,!y either tiiknig a pni out wf her he;..: 
bo<!y, or etsc ;k;'<.-u^ a pin into htr h<':td <>r her lo- 
disphiv her tevhi .!m- tauu,li('d indilfcrentlv a' jjay or i'- ■ 
tnau ear to ear \.>dshe"sal atea.se" wJi'i tiernms," 



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THE CLOISTER AND TOE HEARTH 

boy." AndGemrfwMbuu wl^i,,'^^*^'''"''™-. " '^ ""^d "» 
«ndto loath aflectation So itnT*^"""^ -■'*'« to »ee, 

shriek .n/CndedltrfL'/e^^rTkt'f'' ^!." ^^^ * '""d 
ran backwards out of »l,l "''* "'"■« from fonti and 

holding h„ farth^^rfe Ught""dow„""r''"H* ""'L --™™ »d 
hands. And a, she%cutt«l „„t „?,h ■" ""'''" ""h both 
back to the wainscot in a state ?,f I i""-- «">»"« scuttled 
reasonable, termr. The RuestTwh f I.LT' ' ""'' P""""?* "'"«' 
pnncipal jell, now stood ir^ oh,re ." n T '" ""'"''"3' «' "« 
"■g- The fender l)enys, to wl^f,, ? ' "'■™ *"* ''°»'" ''"Bh- 
a sexual tmit, seemed a Welv inT,l ^''.^ eowariice, betog 
p. comfort her and bring her Ck ' ' """«' "'"'' ^^ ™"'d 

--e^' ""«aesS,'2::;:^tJ^' '- '■«'^." '^c. Ge™^ 
our aid." niouse ! sure .some saint sent thee to 

whorc^Llt^t Tto7Lrj^'"''y •"'"l"-*^'' burgher, 
budged nor even 'tested I i, Mfe™ aJfT'v "' ^"^ "-" 
turned on Gerard ,,,,1 ! ■ , . ' ""' '"'* fracas. He now 

»t a mouse, having been bmimh? . . "^ honestly afeanl 
«n her, and sai.^ -I win start f ^ '° "• '*"'* ""^ »Pe hZ 
he has no „„„ '^ 'h™^ ^'^^ at a mouse, and make a coil." 

f'T on her bosom, ^d that^l" " T'^ "•»" "> "'ear that 

™ of the town, io7ng ma., and 1 ™ ^^ '"""''^y'' be«l. I 

h" life, and 1 iind wlieTshe was f ™ ''"°™ 'be mijauree «1 

"".she is of a man." He a J:^ "l^'C ^^^-^ «[ a mouse 

?t'fe",jjTiei„d£tr're;s^'i-r:!;r 

«M Gm''«l™''Buf'the*rilt mem'^T"^ ™"'^*" "--^ " «"■«." 

«P"re as snow, and the stouT^Jh "' ™ "" '""dvertenre 

'«" knew what he had '"d^e ^ l'^ J^' '° his grave and 

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attracted by Denys returning pompously. He inspected tlie 
a^rtment minutciy, and witl. a hi^h ofiid.l air: he also looked 
43lemnly unde. the table; and during the whole inquisition a 
white hand was placed conspicuously on the edge of the open 
door, and a tremulous voice inquired behind it whether the 
horrid thing was quite gone. „ 

"The enemy has retreated, bag and baggage, said Denjs 
and handed in the trembUng fair, who, sitting down, apol<Jf.sed 
to her guests for her foolish fears, with so much eamestms,, 
grace, and seeming self-contempt, that, but for a sour gnu <m 
his neighbours face, Gerard would have been taken ill as all 
the other strangerr. were. Dinner ended, the young landlady 
begged an Augustine friar at her right hand to say grace. He 
deUvered a longish one. The moment he began she clapped 
her white hands piously together, and held them up joined for 
mortals to .ulmire ; 'tis an excellent pose for '^tfj^h-'^ .fenl 
and cast her eyes upward towards heaven, and felt as thankful 
to it as a magpie does while cutting off with your thimble. 

After supSer the two friends went to tlie street-^oor and 
eyed the market-pUce. The mistress joined them, and povnt^d 
out the town-hall, the borough jail, St Catherine s church, &e. 
This was courteous, to say the least. But the true cause soon 
revealed itself; the fair hand was poked right under tl«ir eyes 
every time an object was indicated; and Gerard eyed it ike a 
Ssk, and longed for a bunch of nettles The sun set, and 
tlK travellers, flw in number, drew round ">e great r<»ir,n|, 
fire, and omitting to go on the spit, were frozen behmd though 
roasted in fVont For if the German stoves were oppressively 
hot, the French mlle> A manger were bitterly cold and above 
all, stormy. In Germany men sat bareheaded round the stme 
and took off their upper clothes, but in Burgundy they kept oi 
their hats, and put on their warmest furs to sit round the great 
open chiriney-places, at which the external air rushed funouslj 
^ door ind Ul-fittirg window. However, it seems tl.e« 
mrfi^val b«:k.swere broad enough to bear it : for they made 
S^mselves not only comfortable but merry, and broke harmkss 
jests over each other in turn. For instaiice Denys s new hoes 
though not in direct communication, had this day exploded w. h 
twin-Uke sympathy and unanimity. " WTiere do you buy jour 
shoon, soldier ?" asked one. ,1.. th.m.- 

Denys looked askant at Gerard, and not liking the theme 
shook it off. " I gather 'em off the trees by the roadside, said 

*■*.'£■ you gathered these too ripe," s«d the hostess, who 
was only a fool externally. 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAHTH 

mi^e;'th;„;j^'D™y: li'hunir''',' "%"" "i" »"» "■•= 

with singular oath? ' cu^T t^7h^ ™'' ."»'«™-d the threat 
l^dlady put her finf^rs "h^ n,ed«val military. The 

hand i„ ,. Lh attS ".r l"'"' 't'^"'"'' "hibiting the 

had recourse to her g^ d ™ ,., Th''" '^'^ ""T^' ^'^ ^"e 

.re™in:d\y'grp?,g''r„it''o'',: "''^rbT'^ "■ "*«*' -" "t'-^^ 

a long timef bufZingthey earae^m^^Tr ,*'"' ^"™' 
voir lost hnth l,»„rt 1 1 ^ '""' * bottomless reser- 

nJ^tive,^d .^Br.u'^^eaiTu'rhosT'' ""h'?'^ ™"« '" -"» 

lerms, to gamble w'th hta «h ."' '1 '^' '°°'* «»«ering 
looked hi„,dr„ into the e»rtb? ''^'^'■'' .*°™ ''" ''''^"^• 
an.i c™.ented. ?o "1 remem Wd "al? ""'' ''^'""'' "''r'^' 
»how of hands gambling ."Hl-t'S-^*'' "" '" " """^•^^ ^^.t . 

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The soldier and the inijaunie rattled the dice. In which 
sport she was so taken up with her hands, that she fiirgot to 
cheat, and Denys won an " ecu au soleil " of her. She fumbled 
slowly with her purse, partly because her sex do not burn to 
pay debts of honour, partly to admire the play of her little 
knuckles peeping between their soft white cushions. Denys 
proposed a compromise. "Three silver franks 1 win of you, 
fair hostess. Give me now three kisses of this white hand, 
and we'll e'en crj' quits," 

"You arc malapert," said the lady, with a toss of her head, 
" besides, they are so dirty. See ! they are like ink ! " and to 
convince him she put them out to him and turned them up 
and down. They were no dirtier than cream iresh from the 
cow. And she knew it : she was eternally washing and scent- 
ing them. 

Denys read the objection like the observant warrior he was, 
seized them and mumbled them. 

Finding him so appreciative of her charm, she said timidly, 
" Will you do me a kindness, good soldier ? " 
" A thousand, fair hostess, an' you will." 
" Nay, I ask but one. 'Tis to tell thy comrade 1 was right 
sorry to lose his most thrilling story, and 1 ho|)e he will tell 
me the rest to-morrow morning. Meantime I shall not sleep 
for thinking on't. Wilt tell him that— to pleasure me ? " 

" Ay, I'll tell the young savage. But he is not worthy ol 
your condescension, sweet hostess. He would rather be aside 
a man than a woman ai»y day." 

" So would— ahem. He is right : the young women of the 
day are not worthy of him, • un tas des mijaurecs. ' He has a good, 
honest, and right comely face. Any way, I would not guest 
of mine should think me unmannerly, not for all the world. 
Wilt keep faith with me and tell him ? " 

"On this fair hand I swear it ; and thus I seal the pledge. " 
" There ; no need to melt the w x, though. Now go to bed. 
And tell bim ere you sleep." 

The perverse toad (I thank thee, Marion, for teaching mc 
that word) was inclined to bestow her slight affections upon 
Gerard. Not that she was inflammable ; far less so than maiy 
that passed for prudes in the town. Bat Gerard possessed .i 
triple attraction that has ensnared coquettes in all ages. I. He 
was very handsome. S. He did not admire her the least. 
3. He had given her a good slap in the face. 

Denys woke Gerard and gave the message. Gerard was 
not enchanted. "Dost wake a tired man to tell him that.^ 
Am I to be pestered with 'mijauries' by night as well as day .' 
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" But I tell thee, noviee, thou hast conqueretl her ■ lru.l .,. 

,»^-si:;:S.t' """ "' ■■ " ■ ■"'-»••■■ '"»- 

and she aye aside him at bed and boanl. I tell thee in^t.' 

lis settUH I .K II ; ""' "^ J'T'i" Art silent.' I see: 

But." nil .i "^Lr. ?'™= .to R^iremont, alone 



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eomnde will stay hen-, kndloid "f 'The T*te d'C)r,' and wfe 
^m Jl the stom. of life f Wilt think of me, G«r.nl no* 
and then by thy warm fire, of me campetl on «ome wind} hwth, 
"ivingin wet trenche,, or wounded on the iield and far from 
eomlortf Nay'' (and thi. he «id in a manner truly noble ■ 
"not comfortless For eold, or wet or W=,f '"f- ;*'" "''" 
warm my heart to lie on my back ""<> '';'"'i.*h"t ' h-™ P'?"^ 
ray dear friend and comrade true in 'The Icte dOr, far from 

'"ne't'^u'run on. dear Deny,/' said CJenud softly, "be- 
cause at each word you show me the treasure of a good 
heart. But now bethink thee, my troth is plighted there 
where my heart it clingeth. You so leal, would you make me 
disloyal ?" ,> 

" Perdition seiie me, but I forgot that, said Denys. 

"No more then, ^Jt hie thee to bed. good Denys. Next 
to Margaret I love thee best on earth, and value thy ««.rdo. 
far more th«i a do«n of these 'TMe. d Or. So pnthe 
call me at the first blush of rosy-fingered mom, and lets awaj 
ere the woman with the hands be stimng. , _ , ^. ... . _„ 

They rose with the dawn, and broke their faat by the kif:hen 

^"benys innnired of the girl whether the mistress *■« f""*^ 

"Nay; b.:t she hath risen from her bed : by th. same 
token I am carrying her this to clean her withal; and she 
filled a mug with boiling water, and took it uiKtairs. 

■^Beholi" said Gerard, ".the very elements must be 
warmed to suit her skin; what had the samta «"d. ^h'^-h 
still =hose the coldest pool? Away, ere she come down and 

"Therpaid the score, and left "The Tete d'Or," while its 
mistress was washing her hands. 



CHAPTER XXXVIIl 

Outside the town they found the snow fresh trampled by 
innumerable wolves every foot of the road. 

" We did well to take the old mans advice, Denys. 

"Ay did we. For now 1 tnink ont, 1 did hear them l«»t 
night a scurrying under our window, and howling »"-l ;h...u|^ 
fo?mans flesh in yon market-place. But no fat burgher did 
pity the poor vagabonds and drop out o window. 






THE CLOISTRR AND THE HEARTH 

Gerar-l „„il,.,|, |,„t with „„ Hir of .bstraction. 
And they plcxldiil on in silt-nce. 

"^l'"' ''°"' inediUte so pniraundly ? " 
"Thy goodness." 

hi.'^J", ""' ""J""""* '"" P'^wd "t Ms uiswer. Amongst 

Bui would fire up now „„d the „ere not even the shadow 

of a ({round for anger existed. 

" A civil ipi, stinn merits a civil re|.lv." said he very drily. 
Alas, 1 meant no other," said Geranl. 

" Then why pretend you were thinking of my goodness 
when you know I have no goo<lnes, un.lcr my skin f 

-Had H..other said this, I had answere<l, 'Thou liest.' But 
to thee 1 say, 'Hast o eye for mens ,|ualltiis, but only f.r 
women s And once nore I do defy thv uarea.so,mbIe choler, 
and say 1 was thinking on thy goo<lness of overnight. Wouldst 
have wedded me to 'The THe ,l()r,' or rather to the ' Wte 
df veau doree, and left thyself solitary." 

"Oh, ^ ye there, lad.'" said Denys, recovering his good- 
humour .n a moment. • Well, but to speak sooth, I .Seant 
that not for gowness; but for frie^dship and true fellowshi-. 
no more. And let me tell y„u, my young master, my eoi- 
scence It pncketh me even now for letting you lunf your 
back thus on fortun. .nd peaceful days. A tnJer fnend thai, 
1 had ta en and sor.. what h.mistrung thee. Then hadst thou 
been fam to he smarting at 'The Tfete dOr' a n.onth or so; 
yon skittish ,ass had nursed thee te..der!v, and all had been 
well. Blade I had in hand to dot, but remembering how 
t ...u hatest pain though it he but a scratch, my craven heart 
It failed me at the pmch. And Denys wore a look of humble 
apology for his lack of virtuous resolution when the path of 
duty lay so clear. "^ 

Gerard raised his eyebrows with astonishment at this mon- 
strous but thoroughly characteristic revelation; however, this 
ni-w and dehcate ,)oint of friendship was never discussed, 

, whether one ought in all love to cut the tendon AchUles 
I'l one s tnend. For an incident interposed. 

'•Here conieth one in our rear a riding on his neighbour's 
niiilf, .shouted Denys. * 

Gerard turned round. "And how know ye 'tis not his 
own, pray ? •' 

'Oh, blind ! Because he rides it with no discretion. ' 
And m truth the man cwne galloping like a fury. But 

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whul «»loiiisli«l the friendu rnoKt w«» Ihiit <>n n'whing Ihtni 
the riMif riiler'b ryrs o|ieii«l Baiiccr-likf, ami he drew [ho 
rehi M> suddenly «ikI [loweriully, th«t the luulr «liick nut h<< 
lore-leg", and went sliding between the pedestrinnii like a 
fuur-leiiiied table o .aston. 

"1 trow ye are fniiii 'The Tete d'Or'?" They M.ented 
" Whieh of ye is the younger ? " 

" He that was bom the later," said )Jeny», winking at his 
eoinpanion. 

'■ (Iramerey for the news." 
" Come, divine then ? " 

" And shall. Thy beard is ripe, thy fellow's in green ; ho 
shall be the younger; here, youngster." And he held hmi 
out a p«|>er (wket. " Ye left this at ■ The I'ele d'Or, "ml 
our mistress semis it ye." 

" Nay, good fellow, mcthUiks 1 IcP. nought." Anil (leraril 
felt his pouch, Aie. 

"Would ye make our burgess h liar,' said the rustic re- 
proachfully ;" and shall 1 have ,m [lourlioire .> " (still more 
reproachfully) i " and came ventre A terre." 

" Nay, thou shall have pourboire," and he gave him a sm;il. 
coin. , ^ . . 

"A U bonne heure," cried the clown, and his feature- 
beamed with disproportionate joy. "The Virgin go with ye ; 
come np, Jenny ! " and back he went " stomach to earth, a» 
his nation is pleaseil to call it. 

Gerard undid the pa' ' et : it was about six inches squart. 
and inside it he found another packet, which contained ,i 
packet, and so on. At the fourth he huricd the whole thin;; 
into the snow. Dei.vi took it out and rebuked hi- petulaiiie. 
He excused himself on the ground of hating alfecUtion. 

Denys attested, " ' The great toe of the little daughter of 
llerodias' there was no affectation here, but only woman's 
gootl wit. Doubtless the wraps contained something which 
out of delicacy, or her sex's lovely cunning, she would not her 
hind should see her bestow on a young man; thy garter, I" 
wit." 

■* 1 wear none." 

" Her own then ; or a lock of her hair. What is this ? .V 
piece of raw silk fresh from the worm. Well, of all the love 
tokens 1 " 

" Now who but thee ever dreamed that she is so naught ns 
send me love tokens? I --aw no harm in her— barring her 
hands." 

"Stay, here is some' mg hard lurking in this sotl nest 
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S«iiib anil pikcstavn! 



Come forth, I My, little nctlina ! 
look at this I " " 

.. A T u '* J" ■ " '"'■' "''"'"' Innortiltly. 
An.1 here i, ».Mnetl>l„„ writ ; re«l It th..u ! I rcnA not 

(tt;; TT .;""•■" ' '""'* "'" ""= ™'"" 'x-forehanT- 
»m. Ht read the lines, blushing like a airl Thev wern 
very naive, and may be thu. Englished : ^ ^ 

■■ loath, with ihoc my lii .. ,. Beddo, 
Come back to the • i;ol.l, |l,ddo I ■ 
Wilt not ? yet tlii, token keepe 
Ot h.r wbi dMtb tliy gooinK weepe. 
Oyt tlie world prove liar.h and cold 
Come back to ' the Hedde of gold.' " 

"The little dove ! " purred Denys. 
How?ve.-*Z',k'"'H ^'° "." "r *'' "" K""" "»«"= """ 
(loi-est lad that will ne'er expose he. f,.lly. But oh the ner- 
DenTs^heH""'''. '^^ '"" r'"^ *-" -"-ousness on thelT' 
folly Ihtelf?"" """"'""'■ '"" *"•••-■ "■'" ■"» "' "P<= f»' 
thMiSS" '■^i;''*''""' "?«' ''i» }""'"« fri.n.l had harped his ven- 

. tov SHll h? T?' ''^ I ™"' •""' '^'"* •>" "H-ei-Uons on 
\at,fre Rv. „'" h'"" *"!' "■"='■■«"'* "' ""' 'h • bounty of 
ivature. Boys were human beings after all, and but for this 
occasional oapriee of women, their lot would be t« tertble 
U.cy would be out of the sun altogether, blighted, a, d „e :; 
come to anythmg; since only the fair could make a n,an out 
"LflattelTr'"'' material, a, a boy. (Jerard interrupted 
this flattering discourse to beg the warrior-philo».,pher's accept- 

Oerl^.oinJtil",'*; ■,^\'''"'''' " "'''>' "'<J in,iste,Ton 

" Her hands, you mejui." 

"Her hand, with ' The Tete d'Or ' in it." 

fin^^'"r'" "?''■ "l*^ T H ?""'"« ""' ""K <"■ his friend's 
Tu-, ^'"f'^ declined. " I wear a ring already." 
best i'nH.V ■'"•"■^ gimerack.' why, 'tis pewter, or tin at 
"est , and this virgm gold, forbye the jeweL" 
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"Ay, but 'l»w Munjnl ((nvr mi; llii» one; mul 1 v.liir 
it al»>vt; niblt«. Ill iiellhi r jwrt with it nor give it > rivnl, 
and he WmhI the b«»e met«l, mid b«l« it fe«r nouxht. 

" I see the iiwl h«th «ent her Hng to a ((oo«e," nald Deiiy- 
iorrowfully. H.iwever, he prrvaile<l on C.emrd to fasten it 
ln>i(le hl« bonnet. To thin, indeed, the lad coraented very 
reailllv. For Mvereign iiuulitien were universally ascribed In 
certain jewel.; and the amethyst ranke.1 hiKh aiiu.n« thes.^ 
prcclou'' taliscans. . . u 

Wh' this was dis|)owd of, (ierani eames-.y requested hi* 
friend 'ft the matter drop, »iiicc «penkin(j of the other se> 
to him .i.iile him pine so for Margaret, and almost unmanned 
him with the thaiinht that ea^h step wa» takinn him farther 
from her. " : am no gcner .1 lover, Denys. There is room 
in my heart for one sweetheart, and for one irituil. I am 
tar from my dear mlitress ; and my friend, a lew league, 
more, ami 1 must lose liim too. Oh, let me drink thy tnciiil 
ship jmre while I may, and nut dilute with any of these 
stupid females." , , ,» ■ . ji 

" And Shalt, lioney-pot, and shalt, said Denys kindly. 
" But as to my leaving thee at Remiremonl, reckon thou not 
TO that! For" (three consecutive oaths) "if I do. Nay, I 
! shall propose to thee to stay forty-eight hours there, whil> 
1 kiss my mother and sisters, and the females generally, ami 
on go you and I together to the sea." 
"Denys! Denys! ' 

" Denys not n ■ ! 'Tis settled. (Jainsay me not ! or 1 II g" 
with thee to Rome. Why not r his Holiness the Pope halli 
ev r some little merry pleasant war toward, and a Burgumlinn 
w.ldier is still welcome in his ranks ■ , ,„ 

On this Gerarrl opined hl= heart. "Denys, ere I fell in 
with thee, I us.cl often to halt on the road, unable to go 
farther, mv punv heart s< pulled me back; and then, alter 
a short pn.yef to the sauits for aid, would I rise and drs); 
mv most unwilling body onward. But since I joined company 
with thee, great is my courage. I Imve found the saymg ol 
the aiirients true, that better is a briglit comrade on the 
wearv road than « horse-litter ; and, dear brother, when Ijlo 
think of what «e have done and suffered together! Savedst 
mv life from the bear, and from yet more savage thieves; 
and even poor 1 did make shift to dmw thee out of Rhine, 
and somehow loved thee double from that hour. How naiiy 
ties tender and strong between us ! Had I my will. Id never, 
never, never, never part with my Denys on this aide the gr"c. 
Well-a-day 1 God His will be done." 
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„l"'!"" "11 "^l' ""^ ** ''°"' ""■ '""«••■ »>«>ut«l Dfliyl. 
I^ b.111 DIru hai. bl^RiT (Ul, lo fr)- eNan inu or mc. Ill hd 
Willi Ihcc ti> ttomr. Thrrr is my huml f>ii it." 

"Thmk what y„u My! Tl. inip..v,il.lr. li, too wlfiuli 
ill nip. 

" I tell IhM tl, Mtll«l. No powtr mn rh.ni^ itir. At 
Krmircmonl I l«irr.iw ten |ii.ce, of my uncle, and on wr so : 
Us fixiil ; irrrvofabl,. „, f„i,..'' ' 

Tliry ,h<K,k linml, ov,r it. Thn, Gernnl uid nothliiir, 
for his hwrt w«« t,„ full ; l,„i he run twice round hi> t-om- 
pnnion u he yinlked, then d»nee<l l»<kw»rd» in fnmt of him, 
«uil finally look hi» hand, and to on ihev went hand In hand 
like sweethearts till ii eompany of mounte<l »oldier*, about fifty 
in number, rose to sight on the brow of a hill. 

"See the luniier „f Burgundy," said Uenvs joyfully: "I 
<hall look out for a enmni'le anw.n(j these.' •' •■ ' 

"How gorgeous is the stamUid in the sun,' said Oerard ; 
and how brave are the leaders with velvet and feathers, and 
iteel breastplates like glassy mirror. ! " 

When they eami oar enough to distinguish faets Uenys 
uttered an exclamation- "Why, lis the Bast.nl of Burgundy 

" n ■';> ^*''' ^J^""- """"■ '' "•<''""»' "-f'J"' "in" he is out; 
. gallant leader, Gerard, rates hia life no higher than a private 
>oldiers, and a soldiers no higher than a tomtits ; and that is 
the captain for • 

"And see ys, the very mules with their great brass 

Imntlets and lings seem proud to earn- them; no wonder 

men Itch to be Idlers; " and in the midst of this innocent 
"iliniration the trc, came up with them. 

" Halt .1 " cried a stentorian voice. The troop halted. The 
aasUrd of Burgundy bent his brow gloomily on Denys : "How 
now, arbale-^trier, how comes it thy face is turned southwiml 
when every good hand and heart is hurrying northward >" 

Denys replial respectfully that he vr.a going on leave, after 
some years of service, to see his kindre<l at Remiremont. 

''Good But this is not the time tort; the duchy is dis- 
urbed. Ho ! bring that dead soldier's mule to the front ; and 
thou mount her and iorward with us to Flanders " 

"So please vour highness," said Denys firmly, "that may 
iiot be My home is close at hand. ' I have not seen it 
these three years; and .-.hove all, I have this poor vouth in 

for" Roi' "'" ' ""'^ ""'' """"' ''""■' "" ' ""^ '■''"' »'''PP«'l 
"Dost bandy words with me? • said the -hief, with amaie- 
meiit, turning fast to wrath. " Art weary o thy life > Ut 
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{TO the youth's hand, and into the saddle without more idle 
words." 

Denys made no reply ; but he held Gerard's hand the tighter 
and looked defiance. 

At this the Bastard roared, "Jamac, dismount six of thy 
archers, and shoot me this white-livered cur dead where he 
stands — for an example." 

The young Ctjuiit tie Jamac, second in command, gave the 
order, and the men dismounted to execute it." 

" Strip him naked," said the Bastard, in the cold tone of 
niihtary business, "and put his arms and accoutrements on 
tJie spare mule. We'll maybc^ find some clown worthier to wear 
t' em." 

iJenys groaned loud, "Am 1 to be sbameil as well as 
slain ? " 

" Oh, nay ! nay ! nay ! " cried Gerard, awak ng from the 
stufwr into which this thunderbolt of tyranny had thrown him. 
" He shall go with you on the instant. I'd liever part with him 
for ever than see a hair of his dear head harmed. Oh, sh-, 
oh, my lord, give a poor boy but a minute to bid his only 
friend farewell ! he will go with you. 1 sm jar he shall go 
with you." 

The stem lesd-^r nodded a cold contemptuous jsent. " Thou, 
.lamac, stay with them, and bring him on alive or dead. 
Forward!" And he resumed his march, followed by all the 
band but the young Count and six archers, one of whom held 
the t^ are mule. 

Denys and Gerard gazed at one another haggardly. Oh, 
what a look ! 

And after this mute interchange of anguish, they spoke 
hurriedly, for the moments were flying by. 

" Thou goest to Holland ; thou knowest where she bides. 
Tell her all. She will be kind to thee for my sake." 

" Oh, sorry tale that I shall carry her ! For God's sake go 
back to ' The Tcte d'Or.' I em mad." 

" Hush ! Let me think : have I nought to say to thee, Denys ? 
ray head ! my head ! " 

" Ah ! I lw\ e it. Make for the Rhine, Gerard ! Strasbourg' 
'Tis but a step. And down the current to Rotterdam. 
Margaret is there : I go thither. I'll tell her thou art coming. 
We shall all be together." 

" My lads, haste ye, or you will get us into trouble," said the 
Count firmly, but not harshly now. 

"Oh, sir, one moment ! one little moment !" panted Gerard. 

" Cursed be the land I was bom in ! cursed be the race 
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DenT' """^ "" ""' '""'^^ "'»■» "•>»' 'hey are ■ " sc««„ed 

another again and again, speechless, and the^earraiZ 
down their cheeks. And the Oinnt lo J i i . "'^" 

but the rougher -Wie;^„*l\2;"l,;;;Srw:tl™ d^n^^^' 
l<K.ked on with some pity in their hard faces TheiT/t , c- .' 
from Jamac, with kind force and woris irf J... , ?"'' 

Ibeyahnost lifted Uenys on to the mute- and ^L,""";'!'"''"- 
the middle of them, spurred after their leJ^I./ 1 ? i™ '" 
-an wildly after (for the'^lane tur^S) toTee ^^'erytt of'h7m"^ 

:r ;:^ ffcii; s't; ^r r^rtr^p ^ 

thing rose in Gemnl's throat so h"gh so hlh he J'f ? '°'"^" 
Ihe thorns ran into his hand. 

reahse it, so sudden and numbing was tte fmke H^ 
staggered on, but scarce feeling o? carine whither he ^ 

AH nature seemed to stare now as lonely as himself Nof 
. rreature in sight. No colour but white He the iLt f 

He knelt and gathered a httle snow. " Nay I dream ,>„t • 
^ tins „ , „,,d ^, j^^ ^.„_.,j,^ ,_ J ,1 dre™ nc^ 

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He had risen, and was dragging his leaden limbs along, when 
he heard horses' feet and gay voices behind hitn. He turned 
with a joyful but wild l.ope that the soldiera had relented ami 
were bringing Denys back. But no, it was a py cavalcade 
A gentleinan of rank and his favourites in velvet and furs and 
feathers ; and four or five armed retainers in buff jerkms. 

They swept gaily by. ^ ^ u 

Gerird never looked at them after they were gone bvt 
certain gay shadows had come and nassed ; that was all. He 
was likl one in a dream. But ke was rfely ^«kcned 
suddenly a voice in front of him cned harshly. "Stand .uul 
deliver!' and there were three of the gentleman s servants 
in front of him. They liad ridden back to rob h,i'i. 

" How. ye false knaves," said he qu.te calmly ; would ye 
shame your noble master? He will hang ye to the neares 
tree ; " and with these words he drew his sword doggedly, and set 

his back to the hedge. 

One of the men instantly levelled his petroncl at him. 

But another, less sanguinary, interposed. " Be not so hasty I 
And be not thou so mad ! Look yonder ! 

Gerard looked, and scarce a hundred yards off the nobleman 
and his friends had halted, and sat on their horses, lookmg a 
the lawless act, too proud to do their own dirty work but no 
too proud to reap the fruit, and watch lest their agents should 
rob them of another man's money. 

The milder servant then, a good-natured fellow, showed 
Gerard resistance was vain; reminded him common thieves 
often took the life as well as the purse, and assured him it cost 
a mint to be a gentleman; his master had lost money at play 
overnight, and was going to visit his lemaii, and so must take 
money where he saw it , ,. /■ 

"Therefore good youth, consider that we rob not for our- 
selves, and deliver us that fat purse at thy girdle without more 
ado, nor put us to the pain of slitting thy throat and takmg it 

■^'"TWr^ave is right," said Gerard calmly aloud but to 
himseU'. " I ought not to fling away my life ; Margaret would 
be so sorry. Take then the poor man's purse to the nch mans 
^uehT^d with it this; tellZn, 1 pray the H^y Trinity each 
«in in it may bum his hand, and freeze his heart, and blast m 
soul for ever. Begone and leave me to my sorrow ! He Hung 

**'The*y3rtWay muttering; for his words pricked them a 

little, a very little; and he staggered on, pennilessnow as weU 

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^J'^t^}*'^^F ?"' *"' ''"^ ""»' W" judgment did- 
«.d he beg«. to U himself „h.t w« the use ioi„Vfurther ' 

jnd tried to thmk for the best-« task .11 the more difficult 
that « strange drowsmess was steaUng over him. Rome he 

Shasbourg, and down the Rhine home." He would ob« Denyi 
But how get to Strasbourg without money ? ^ 

Then suddenly seemed to nng m his ears— 

" Oyf the world pro»e harsh and cold, 
Come back to the hcdde of gold." 

"And if I do I roust go a.s her serv^t ; I who am Margaret's. 
I am a-weaty a-wea,y. I will sleep, and dream all i, as it was. 

hlZ' ru '^P^ T" "" T ''"'"• "Sone, we little knew how 
happy. Ihere is a house: the owner well to do. What if I 

nH 7 p^- T"% "i"^ P™''^'' '■*' "'' '» 'brieve my purse, 
«.d so to Rhme ? Fool ! is he not a man, like the rest." He 
would scorn me and trample me lower. Denys cursed the r.,ee 
Ir -.That *.ll I never; but oh, I 'gin to loathe and dread 
Lwh- '^ "^. T"" ' "^ "" =""««*■ "-en darkUng cre« 
T. tjet "V"" ' ^"1' f"^ *"■'"' ^y ''«»"h a draught of milt 
or a handful o grain to keep body «,d soul together. God, 
who hath seen the rich rob me, will peradventure forgive me 

hey say tis .11 ^eepmg on the snow!^ Death steals on such 
leepers with muffled feet and honey breath. But what can I> 
1 am a-weary a-weary. Shall this be the wood where lie the 
wolves yon old man spoke of? I must een trust them : they 
are not men; and I am so a-weary." ' 

He crawled to the roadside, and stretched out his limbs on 
the snow, with a deep sigh. 

the'e^''"' '^" ""' "''"'' *"" '"' '*'""" "y ''*■*" '" ««e 
" .Mar— garet. Never see me more. Poor Mar— ga— ret" 

And the too tender heart was still 

dle'lt''„'\l™""*"' '°''"' ,""■ '"*"'* °f ""tiq-e mould, lay 
Sh. . f '"°*,V'" P*"' '^"' 'he weathc?, in peril from 
mWbe«ts in ^ril from hunger, friendless and penSesa, H 
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CHAPTER XXXIX 

R„™ travel i. enticing to us English. /_rf » »!« "» «™;f„» j 
even though the adventurer be no pUgnm of love. An 1 
™t,que ttendship ha» at le^t the '"*-«"/». '7,' -.^S*'"; 
as the true centre of this stoty is in Holland, .t is full time to 
return thither, and to those or.linary personages a.,d incidents 
whereof life has been mainly comijosed in all ages. 

JoTan Kctel came to kters house t» claim Margarets 
„rom"c; but Margaret was ill in bed, and Peter on hearing 
C errand, affronted him and warned him oH the pr«n«es 
and one or two that stocd by were for ducking him; for boti 
father and daughter were favourites, and the whole stop^ 
was in every mouth, and the Sevenbergens m that state 
„f hot, undiiriminating irritation which accompanies popular 

"'^Jorian Ketel went off in dudgeon, and repented him 
of his good deed. This sort of penitence is not rare, and 
has the merit of being sincere. Dierich Brower who was 
SL,vered at "The Three Kings," making a '^''f'^'' J™'.^ 
in order to worm out of him the whereabouts of Martin 
Wittenhaagen, was actually taken and flung mto a horse-pond. 
«;} thrSten^d with w,4 usage, should he ever show hi. 
SLe In the burgh ag-in; ami finally, municlH jeal<-u».v V"."« 
rTsed" the burgomaster of Sevenbergen sent a formal missive 
t7 he burgoinLer of Tergou, reminding him he had over- 
stepped the law, and requesting him to apply to the authonties 
rfTveiibergen on al^future occasion when he might have a 
complaint, real or imaginety, against any oi its towisfi.lk. 

Tfie wily (ihysbrecht, suppressing ins rage at this remon- 
strance, sent bi^k a civil message to say that 'he pe"0" he 
h«l followed to Sevenbergen was a lergovan one Gerari, 
and that he had stolen the town records: that Gerard having 
^^ped into foreign parts, and probably taken the do, araents 
with him, the whole matter was at an end. 

Thurhe n.ade a virtue of necessity. But in reahty l«j 
calmness was but a veil: baffled at Sevenbergen, he tun^^ 
Ms views elsewhere; he set his emissaries to lean, from th' 
S^yT Tergou whither Geranl had fled, and •• .» his infinite 
s^se" thefdid not know. This added to his une.s.n« 
It^e him f-ear Gerard was only lurking in the neighbour 
hood: .he would make a certain '"^^very, and would coin 
b«k «id take a terrible revenge, trom this ..ae DiencD 
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The little farail.v at TerRou, «hicl,, but for his violent inter 
ferenee, might in time have cemented its diffLTce wit^,"." 

o^trrfeSesn^t ^ithintrL'tn' ""[h' ^"" l"^ ^^ 
family this tale ' opened wUiri.mi "X e'te7?^e T' 

^tr r .ss^":r ^s^^^'^-iTH- w 

"That, noting all, seem'd nought to note " 

It I but knew where the boy is, and that hi, lif, .r,j i, itl: 
«re in no danger, small would be Z eare " would he 1 ""5 

:7^..^:.^zr' '^^ "-■^ '■""-- ^or-'t^. -atw 

Er?GU''r:rL'dtee'„";ot''a7e^e'ir g-f^Jv'^ -n.n«-pub,iclty. 

-St put hi, nose into a businessC^no'!:- e'^reThi; ■^° 
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la down with a ffver— « buming fever; her father feare her 

"Margaret? what Margaret?" inquired Catherine, with a 
treacherous aasumption of c.ilraneas and indifference. 

"Oh, mother! whom should I mean? Why, Gerard s 
Margaret." 

"Geraid'8 Margaret," screamed Catherine; "how dare >'iu 
say such a word to me f And I rede you never mention that 
hussy's name in this house, that she has laid bare. She is the 
ruin of my poor boy, the flower of all my flock. She is the 
cause that he is not a holy priest in the midst of us, but is 
roaming the world, and I a desolate broken-hearted mother. 
There, do not cry, my girl, I do ill to sj^ak harsh to you. But 
oh, Katel you know not what passes in a mother's heart. 1 
bear up before vou all ; it behoves me swallow my fears ; hut 
at night I see hiin in luy dreams, and still some trouble or other 
near him ; sometimes he is torn by wild beasts ; other times lit- 
is in the hands of ibbers, and their cruel knives upliaed to 
strike his poor pale fii. .■■ that one should think would move a 
stone. Oh ! when 1 rei mber that, while I sit here in comfort, 
perhaps my poor boy lies dead in some savage place, and M 
along of that girl : there, her very name is ratsbane to me. 1 
tremble all over when I hear it." 

" I'll not say anything, nor do anj-thing to grieve you worse, 
mother," said Kate tenderly; but she sighed. 

She whose name was so fiercely interdicted in this house wss 
much spoken of, and even pitied elsewhere. All Sevenbergcii 
was sorry for her, and the young men and maidens cast many a 
pitying glance, as they passed, at the little window where the 
beauty of the village lay "dying for love. " In this farnilisr 
phrase they underrated her spirit and unselfishness. Gerard was 
not dead, and she was too loyal herself to doubt his constancy. 
Her father was dear to her and helpless; and but for bodily 
weakness, all her love for Gerard would not have kept her 
from doing her duties, though she might have gone about them 
with drooping head and heavy heart. But physical and mental 
excitement had brought on an attack of fever so violent, that 
nothing but youth and constitution saved her The malady left 
her at Ust, but in that terrible state of bodily weakness in 
which the patient feels life a burden. 

Then it is that love and friendship by the bedside are mortal 
angels with comfort in their voices, and healing in their 

'^But this poor girl had to come back to life and vigour how 
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roUed Uke lear-cn wave, over her. Tn her enfeebled ,ute eiirt- 
ence .eeraed a burden, and life a thing gone by. She coiUd 
not try her best to get well. GeranJ was gone. She ha^not 
h,m to get well for. Often ,he lay for hofrs quite .tillj^^h 
the tear, welhng gently out of her eves. 

One day waking from an uneas> slumber, she found two 
jomen m her room. One was . servant, the other by the 
deep fur on her collar and sleeves was a persoa of consideration : 

howed her to be past lie age when women of sense concea 
the r years. The looks of both were kind and friendly. Margare 
ve^'^^nUron ref " '"' ""'' ""' *"' "'" '"'^ P'-" aSnd 

"Lie still, sweetheart; we come not here to put you about, 
us, hrst, who think you we are ? 

"Nay, madam, I know you, though 1 never saw you before- 
vou are the demoiselle Va„ Eyck, and this is Reicht Heyril 
Oererd has oft spoken of you, and of your goodness to him. 
f^™T; i' ^aa no friend like you near tim ^- and at t™. 
thought she lay back, and the tears welled out of her eyes in a 
moment. ■' 

The good-natured Reicht Heynes began to cry for company; 
but her mistress scolded her. " Well, you are a prettv one fci 
a sick-roora, said she ; and she put out a world of iniiocent art 
to cheer the patient, and not without some little success. An old 
woman, that has seen life and all its troubles, is a sovereign 
Wessmg by a sorrowful young woman's side. She knows what 
to say, and what to avoid. She knows how to soothe her and 
mlerest her Ere she had been there an hour, she had 
Msricaret s head lying on her shoulder instead of on the 
ShidT *'*'■»"'*'' ^^ ^y^ dwelling on her with gentle 

tk^l'^'l'!'''".,'^ '■"'■'" ,""' *''' "'"^ '"ly' """■'"g her fingers 
through It. ■• Come and look at it, Reicht ! ■ 

Reicht came and handled it, and praised it imaffectedly. 

ine poor girl that owned it was not quite out of the reach of 

nattery ; owing doubtless to not being dead. 

J-'jJiT"''-.'""'''""' ' ^'■' ""' '° ""ink it hideous; but kr 
praised It, and ever since then I have been almost vain of it 
amts forgive me. You know how foolish those are that love." 
sha' 1 '" *"''"■ ''■"'^ 'hat don't," said the old lady 

Margaret opened her lovely eye«, and looked at her for her 

iicwiing, 

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This WM only the firat of itwny visitn. In f«ct either 
Mugirct V«n Eyck or Reicht came nearly everj day until 
their patient »a» convalescent ; and ihe improved rapidly under 
their handl. Reicht attributed this principally to certain 
nourishing dishes she prepemd in Peters kitchen; but 
Margaret herself thought more of the kind words and eyes that 
kept telling her she had friends to live for. 

Martin Wittenhaagen went sireight tn Rotterdam, t.i Uke 
the bull by the horns. The bull was a biped, with a crown f™ 
horns. It was Philip the Good, duke of this, earl of that, loiti 
of the other. Arrived at Rotterdam, Martin found the court 
was at Ghent. To Ghent he went, and sought an audieuce, 
but was put off and baffled by lackeys and (lages. So he threw 
himself in his sovereign's way out hunting, and contrary to .ill 
court precedents, commenced the conversation— by roaring 
lustily for mercy. 

" Why, where is the peril, man f " said the Duke, lookmg .ill 
round and laughing. „ 

" Grace for an old soldier hunted down by burghers I 

Now kings diHer in character hke other folk ; but there is 
line trait they have in common ; they are mightily inclined to 
be affable to men of very low estate. These do not vie with 
them in anything whatever, so jealousy cannot creep in ; anil 
they amuse them by their hluntness and novelty, and refresh 
the poor things with a touch of nalire— a rarity in courts. So 
Philip the Good reined in his horse and gave Martin almost a 
Iftc A-liir, and Martin reminded him of a certain battlefield where 
he had received an arrow intended for his sovereign. The 
Duke remembered the incident perfectly, and was graciously 

E leased to take a cheerful view of it. He could afford to, not 
Bvlng been the one hit. Then Martin told his Majesty nt 
Gerard's first capture in the church, his imprisonment in the 
tower, and the manoeuvre by which they got him out, and all 
the details of the hunt; and whether he told it better than I 
have, or the Duke had not heard so many good stories as you 
have, certain it is that sovereign got so wrapt up in it, that, whcii 
a number of courtiers came galloping up and interrupted 
Martin, he swore like a costermonger, and threatened, only 
half in jest, to cut oB' the next head that should come betneen 
him and a good story : and when Martin had done he cried 
out— , 

' St. Luke I what sport goeth on in this mine earidom, ay . 
nds, and I see it not. You base fellows have «!' 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

" Lo yuu now ! this wa» a man-hunt/' said he. " / never had th« 
luck to be at a man-hunt" 

" My luck was none ho great," replied Martin bluntly ; " I 
wai OD the wrong side of the dogs' mmeit." 

" Ah ! so you were; I forgot that " And royalty wa« more 
reconciled to iu lot " What would you then ? " 

" A free pardon, your Hi^^hiieiui, for mywlf and Gerard." 

" For what ? " 

" For priwn-ltreakin^r." 

"Oo tn; the bird will fly from the cage. *Tis instinct. 
Besides coop a young nmn up for loving a young woman ? 
These burgoma?iterH must be void of rominnn hen><e. What else?" 

" For striking down the burgomaster." 

"Oh, the hunted boar will tuni to l>ay. 'Tift his right; and 
1 hold him less than man that grudges it hitn. What else ?" 

" For killing of the bloodhounds." 

The Duke's countenance fell. 

*' 'Twas their life or mine," said Martin eagerly. 

" Ay I but 1 can't have my bloodhoumlK, my beautiful blood- 
liouncls, sacrificed to " 

" No, no, no I They were not your dogs." 

" Whose dogs, then } " 

"The ranger's." 

" Oh. Well, I am very sorry for him, but as I wa.s saying, I 
can't have my old soldiers sacrificed to his blu<Hlhounds. Thou 
shalt have thy free pardon." 

" And poor Gerard." 

" And poor Cierard too, for thy sake. And more, tell thou 
this burgomaster his doings mislike me : this is to net up for « 
king, not a burgomaster. I'll have no kings in Holland but 
mie. Bid him be more humble; <ir by St, .lude I'll hang him 
before his own door, as I hanged the burgomaster of what's the 
iiainc, some town or other in Flandt-rs it whs ; no, 'twas some- 
where in Brabant — no mutter — I hanged him, 1 remember that 
much — for oppressing poor folk." 

The Duke then l>cckoned his chancellor, a pursy old fellow 
that rode like a sack, and bade him writeout a free pardon for 
Martin and one Gerard. 

This precious document w.is drawn up in fori.., and signed 
next day, and Martin hastened home with it. 

Margaret had left her bed some days, and was sitting pale 
and pensive l»y the fireside, when he burst in, waving the 
parchment, and crying, " A free pardon, girl, for Gerard as 
well as me ! Send for him back when you will; all the burgo- 
masters on earth daren't lay a finger on him." 
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She flukbcd all over wUh jov, fiul her hands trcmhled with 
eagernrah an hIip ttjok the parch. .^•-M ami devoured it with her 
eyea, and klsMd 11 nffali' anti agalr^ and Aung her amii round 
Martin's neck, and kiMHed Aim. When fthe woi calmer, !\he told 
him Heaven had rained her up a triend in the dame Van Ejck. 
" And 1 would fain consult her on thit good newa ; but 1 have 
not strength to walk so far." 

" What need to walk ? There is my mule." 

*' Your raulf , Martin ? " 

The old soldiLT or professional pUlngtr laughed, and con- 
fessed he hafi ((lit J.0 used to hf r, that he forgot at time* Ohys- 
brrcht bad a prior claim. To-raorrow he would turn her into 
the burgomaster\ yard, but to-night she should carry Margaret 
to Tergou. 

It was nearly dusk ; im Margaret ventured, and about seven 
In the evening she aHtunlshed and gladdened her new but 
ardent friend, by arriving at her house with unwonted rotes on 
her cheeks, and Gerard's pardon in her bosom. 



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CHAPTER XL 

Some are old in heart at forty, some are young at eighty. 
Margaret Van Lyck's heart was an evergreen. She loved her 
young namesake with youthful ardour. Nt>r was this new 
sentiment a mere caprice; she was quick at reading character, 
and saw in Margaret Brandt that which in one of her own sex 
goes far with an intelligent woman — genuineness. But besides 
her own sterling qualities, Margaret husd from the first a potent 
ally in the old arti>>t's bosom. 

Human nature. 

Strange as it may appear to the unobser\'ant, our hearts 
warm more readily to those we have benefited than to our 
benefactc.s. Some of the Greek philosophers noticed this ; but 
the British Homer has stamped it in immortal lines: — 

" I heard, and thcQ^bt how itlde hj sida 
We two had stemmed thi battle's tide 
lu mauj a well-debate'^ field. 
Where Bertram's breast was Philips ibield, 
I thought OR DaHen's deserts pale, 
VThere Death iMstrides the evening gale, 
How o'ar m^ friend my oloak I threw. 
And fenealets faced the deadly dew. 
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I thoufhl on Qiiutoii*'! cU», 
Wh«r«, raHutd from our (ouDdarlon "kH 
Througb tlie white brnkin' friuh I hort 
Blhaiutoil Uorihatn to th> ibore : 
And wben hi> tide au »rrow found. 
I fuokid tbt Indlai'i T«nom'd wound. 
These thought. Ilkii torrenti nuhod >long 
To Bwaen awfty my purpo.iH otrong." 

bencai, rtcciv«l, bill henf fit. ™„lcrre.l -J, noi oi 

\I.«L."HrT,' I"; ,'^n'' •""' ^'" "ondfrfully kind to 
ana «!e hrr |m,I nurwd her, aiul «wth,,l htr, ,„d |,rtt"d 
^h.Th«r, >■« .rore lh„„ all the .netlicic. i„ the WMrlA 
^v,H I, "'*,'■'' *" "•" ""K'nl of her K.««h,e«, and ,he 

oved her „ow fa, more tt:>derly than ihe had ev. . loved 
Uer.,,1 though in truth, it w«. purely out of regard for Gerlrd 

re J th"; t'^'r- "^' "* '^ T"' "" M"g«ref» eheek, and 
read the bit of parchment that had brought them there .he 
Rave up her own view, without a murmur. ' 

■• Sweetheart," uid she, " I did desire he should »Uy in lUlv 

Bi^t your happines, .. before all, and I ,ee you cLnnot live 

AH, .aadam! you .we my very thoughts. ■ And the vounir 
woman hung her head a moment and blu.hed. " But how to 

luly; but what part that 1 know not. SUy! he named the 
cmesj^ should visit Florenee wa, one, 'and Rome Bui 

Finally, being a .sensible girl, sb ■ divined that a letter 

'he?»k1d2'r''"1"'Ti,"'''';" ""^''^ ^'""■« '» ...i'cni! nd 
' V ™ 'mplonngly at her friend for counsel 

Mid the old lady. " Here was this Hans Meraling with rae 
ta^J-i he is going to Italy, girl, no later than ?exT wedT 

" SSi.' ''""' '"'"'<' ""■' ray Gerard .> " 

"Why, he knows your Gerard, chUd. They have sunned 
here more than once, and were like h«,d aj glove. NW 
•s his burines. i. the same as Geraixi's " "»'""'• •^°''' 

" What ! he ia a painter then .' " 
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•• He PMW for mir H« will vteit the «m« pU«- « tirrwd, 
wd Monorl^t* he munt Wl In irtlh him. Wficrelorr, grl yoii 
. Ions letter written, .ml cow .mt Ihi. pud™ inU. .1, ...i.l I U 
uuwer for the meMengrr. fn «i. month. »t f«the.l (.emrrt 
•htU mt it ; «i<l when he .hjl (jet it, then will he kl« It. »ml 
nut it in hi» l»i«.in, .«id comr Hying home. Whiil .rr yoii 
•milins at .' And now wh.t nwke^ your cheek. «i red f An.. 
wh.t you .re .mothering me for, I o.nnot thmk. Ye. ! h.pi.) 
d«v. «re coming to my little pearl. ' .,,■ , 

Vle.ntlme, M.rtin «t In the kitchen, with the bUck-j«i 
before him «..d Helcht Heyne. .pinning l)e.idc hi.n ; an>l wow 
but ihe pumpeil him Ihiit night. 

•|hi« Han. Mcmling w«- »n nl.l pupil of .Ian \an Kyck 
and hi. »l.ter. Me wk. . iminter nntwilh.taj.dlng M»rg.ir.l 
.neer, and h g.»Kl «.i,l enough, with one fau I. He Imci 
the "nlm^rkin, eanakin, and the brown howl more Ih,.., 
the, dewrve. Thl. .ingular penchant kept him from m«»s..nK 
fortune, and was the c»u.e that he oftin can..- to M»riiarct 
Van Kyck for a meal, and wimellnie. for a groat "«<■ '"'^ 
gave h"er a claim on h™, and .he knew he would not tntlc 
with any coinmi.»ion she should entrust to him. 

The letter wa. duly written and left with Margaret \«„ 
Kyck: and the following week, .ure enough, Han. Meml.n); 
ri-tume<l irom Flaiulers. Margaret Van Eyck gave him thr 
letter, anil a piece of gold towaitls hi. travelling expenw.. Hi 
aeemed in a huny to Iw off. 

■■ All the better," wld the <.I<1 artist ; " he will be the M»...er 

'" But^ii. there are hone, who bun. aiul rage to «tart, and 
after the first yard or two want the whip, so al thi. burn- 
i-oole.! into inaction wh.n Han. got as far a.s the pnnc.p.1 
hoalelry of Tergou, and saw two of hi. boon compan.on. .itting 
in the bay window. He we..t In for a |«rting glass with 
them; but when he offered to ,«y. they would not hear ol 
it No; he was going a long journey; they wo.ild treat h.m, 
everylKKlv must treat him, the landloiTl and all. 

It resu'lteil from this treatment that his tongue got as loose 
as if the wine had been oil; and he confided to the c..nv.v,.l 
crew that he was going to show the Italians how to panit; 
next he sang his exploits in battle, for he had handle.! a pik, . 
and his amorous successes with females, not preseiit to oppoy 
their version of the h.cidents. In short, p/™,.. r«>,nr«m rrni: 
hue ilbic dMielml : and among the miscellaneous "alters that 
ooied out, he must blab that he was entrusted with a IctU. 
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lo • lownanun of lhnr», imr Urnni. m Rami Wlow, Ha 
•jIcIm), '■ Vmi are all Raul hllovi. ; " and lo imprcw hl« ralaffy, 
Klappeil Sybrandl on Ihr Ivick »o hraitily, ai, to drive the breath 
iHit of hift InkIv. 

Syhnmdt Rot ruuiul the laltir to avoiil IhU muMrular approval ; 
ImiI llatenrd to rverjr woni, and leaninl for the flr«t lime Uwt 
(mraul waa Ronc to Italy. Iluwever, lo make .urc, he alfected 
to doubt it. 

■' My bnithiT (irrani is. nevtr in Italy." 

" Yc lir, ye iiir," roared llaiiK, taking inKtnntly Ihr inudble 
liim, and not lieinR rirar enouRh t.. stc that he, who now wt 
oppinitr hhn, wa. Ihi- »ainc hi- hail praki-d, iiml hil, when 
IwiJde him. '■ If hr is ten times voiir brother, he is in luly. 
What call ye this.> There, rciul me that lupersiription I ■ and 
he nunR down a letter on the table. 

iSybrandt tiaik it up, niul examineil it Rravely : hut eventually 
laid it il.mn, with Ihe remark, that he ei>uld luit read. How- 
ever, one of Ihe eonijiany, liy sume immense tiirtuitv, could 
read ; and promi of so rare an aeeumplishnient, tisik" it, and 
read it out : '■ To CieranI Kliaiwien, of TerRou. Theae by the 
hand of the trusty Hans MemlinR, with all speeil." 

"Tis exi'ellently well wril," said the reader, exainlninR 
every letter. 

"Ay!" said Hans bombastically, "and small wonder.- 'tis 
aril by a famous hand ; by MarRarel, sister of Jan Van Eyck. 
Blessed ami honoured be his memory 1 She ia an old Mend 
1 'line, it. M.i-ijaret Van Kyek." 

.Miscellaneous Hans then diverRed into lorty lupiis. 

Sybrundt stole out of the eoin|»ny, and went in aeareb of 
(Smells. 

They put their heails toRelher over the news : Italy was an 
I nmenae illstance oC If they eould only keep him there > 

" Keep him there ? Nothing would keej) him long from his 
Margaret." 

" Cune her ! ' said Sybraiidt. " Why didn't she die when 
^he was about it ? " 

" Hhr die ? She would outlive the pest lo vex us." And 
ComeliK was wroth at her selfishness in not ilying, to oblige. 

These two black sheep kept putting their heads together, 
und tainting each other worse and worse, til! at last their 
corrupt hearts conceived a plan for keeping Gerard in Italy 
•11 his life, and so securing his share of their fether's substance. 

But when they had planned it they were no nearer the 
uecutinn : for that required talent : so iniquity came to a 
•tandstill. But presently, as if Satan had come between the 
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two hfads, and whispered into the right e»r of one and the 
left of the other simultaneously, they both bunt out— 
"THE BURGOMASTERl" 

They went to Ghysbrecht Van Swieten, and he received theia 
at onee : for the man who if 'mder the torture of suspense 
catches eagerly at knowledge. Certainty is often painful, but 
seldom, hke suspense, intolerable. 

" You have news of Gerard ? " said he eagerly. 
Then they told about the letter and Hans Mending. He 
listened with restless eye. " Who writ the letter .> " 

"Margaret Van Eyck," was the reply; for they uaturallj 
thought the contents were by the same hand as the super- 
scription. 

"Are ye sure?" And he went to a drawer and drew out 
a paper written by Margaret Van Eyck while treating with the 
burgh for her house. " Was it writ like this ? " 

"Yes. Tis the same writing," said Sybrandt boldly. 
" Good. And now what would ye of me ? " said Ghysbrecht, 
with beating heart, but a carelessness so well feigned that 
it staggered them. They fumbled with their bonnets, aTitl 
stammered and spoke a word or two, then hesitated and beat 
about the bush, and let out by degrees that they wanted r letter 
written, to say something that might keep Gerard in iwly ; 
and this letter they proposed to substitute in Hans Memlings 
wallet for the one he carried. While these fumbled with their 
bonnets and their iniquity, and vacillated between respect for 
a burgomaster, and suspicion that this one was as great rogue 
as themselves, and somehow or other, on their side againsi 
(lerard, pros and cons were cjursing one another to and frn 
in the keen old man's spirit. Vengeance said let Gerard come 
back and feel the weight of the law. Prudence said keep him 
a thousand miles off. But then Prudence said also, why do 
dirty work on a doubtful chance ? Why put it ht I'^e power 
of these two rogues to tarnish your name ? Finally, his s^ro^g 
persuasion that Gerard was uj possession of a secret by me.iii'. 
of wllich he could wound him to the quick, coupled with h.- 
caution, found words thus : " It is my duty to aid the citizens 
that cannot write. But ft r their matter I will not be respon- 
sible. Tell me, then, what I shall write." 
" Something about this Margaret," 

" Ay, ay ! that she is false, that she is marrieil to another. 

rU go bail." ^ „ , 

" Nay, burgomaster, nay ! not for all the world ! cneU 

Sybrandt; "Gerald would not believe it, or but half, and 

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f"\.}" *'»'^ ">"" '»<;'' '° »«■ No; uy that ihc is 

" Dead I what at her age ? will he credit that >" 

•• Sooner than the other. Why she ira* nearli/ dea-j «,, ,t i , 
not to say a downright lie, after all," 

"Humph ! And you think that will keep him in ItJilv >" 

"We are sure of it, are we not, Cornelis ? " 

"Ay," said Cornells, "our Gerard will never leavt l.l nj-- 
he IS there It was always his dream to get there, iie would 
come back for his Margaret, but not for us. What cares he for 
us .' He despises his own family ; always did." 

„ il'^Jfu"'"?''','"' " ''""^'' P'" '" '"">." said the old hypocrite. 

It will be for his gWHl in tl. ,d," replied the young one " 
What avails famine weddin. Thirst >" said Cornelis. 

"And the grief you are preparing tor him so coolly?" 
(.hysbrecht R,K.ke sarcastically, but ta.sted liis own vengeance 
all the time. * 

"Oh, a lie is not like a blow with .-. curtal axe. It hacks no 
tiesh, and breaks no bones." 

"A curtal axe > "said Sybrandt ; "no, nor even like a stroke 
with a cudgel. And he shot a sly envenomed glance at the 
burgomaster s broken nose. 

Cihysbrecht's face darkened with ire when this adder's 
tongue struck his wound. But it told, as intended : the old 
man bristled with hate. 

"Well," said he, "tell me what to write for vou, and I must 
write It ; but take notice, you l«-ar the blame if aught turns 
amiss. Not the hand which writes, but the tongie which 
nictates, doth the deed. 

The brothers .-issented wamily, sneering within. Ghysbrecht 
then drew his inkhorn towards him, and laid the specimen of 
.Margaret Van Eyck's writing before him, and made some 
inquiries as to the size and shape of the letter, when an un- 
looked for interruption occurred ; .Jorian Ketel burst hastily 
into the room, and looked vexed at not finding him alone. 

' Ihou seest I have matter on hand, good fellow." 

'Ay; but this is grave. 1 bring good news; but 'tis not 
tor everv ear. 

The burgomaster rose, and drew Jorian aside into the 
embrasure of his deep window, and th.n the brothers heard 
them converse m low but eager tones. It ended by fihysbreclit 
sending Jorian out to saddle his mule. He then addressed the 
black sheep with a sudden coldness tliat amazed them— 

"I prize the peace of households ; but this is not a thine to 
be done in a hurrj^ : we will see about it, we will see " 
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"But, burgomaster, the man will be gone. It will be too 
late." 

" Where is he ?" 

" At the hostelry, drinking." 

" Well, keep him drinking ! We will see, we will see." And 
he sent them off discomfited. 

To explain all this we mu.st retrograde a step. This very 
morning, then, Margaret Brandt had met Jonan Ketel near 
her own d<M)r. Hv iMisse<l I'.cr with a scowl. This .struck her, 
,-ind she remembered him. 

" Stav," wiid she. " Yes ! it is the good man who saved him. 
Oh ! why have yon nnt been near nie since ? And why have 
you not come for the parchments? Was it not true about tUv 
hundred cmwns .''" 

Jorian gave a snort ; but, seeing her face that looked so 
<-andid, began t<) think there might be some mistake. He told 
her he had come, and how he had been received. 

'■ Alas ! " said she, " I knew nought of this. I lay at Death's 
door." She then invited him to tbllow her, and took him into 
the garden and showed him the spot where the parchments 
were buried. " Martin was for taking them up, but I would 
not let him. He put them there ; and I said none should 
move them but you, who had earned them so welt of him 
and me. ' 

" (rive me a spade ! " crie<l Jorian eagerly, " Bu stay ! No i 
he is a suspicious man. Von are sure they are there still ? " 

"I will openly take the blame if human hand hath touched 
them." 

''Then keep them but two hours more, I prithee, good 
Margaret," said Jorian, and ran off to the Stadthouse of Ter/^ou 
a joyful man. 

The burgomaster jogged along towards Sevenbcrgen, with 
.Jorian striding beside him, giving him assurance that in an 
hour's time the missing jjarchments would be in his hand. 

" Ah, master ! " said he, " lucky for us it wasn't a thief that 
took them." 

" Not a thief ? not a t hief ? what call you him, then ? ' ' 

" Well, saving your presence, I call him a jackdaw. This is 
jackdaw's work, if ever there was ; ' take the thing you an- 
least in need of, and hide it ' — that's a jackdaw. I should know, " 
added Jorian oracularly, " for I was brought up along with a 
chough. He and 1 were bom the same year, but he cut liis 
teeth long before me, and wow ! but my life was a burden for 
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years all alon^ of him. II you h«l but a hole in your hose no 
bigger than a groat, in w«,t his beak like a gin.let an" for 
steJuig. Gerard aU over. What he wanted leaft, and'a^y p^^,' 
Chnrt,an in the house wanted most, that went first. J„?h^r 
w«. a notable wo „an, so if she did but look round, away flew 
her thimble. Father lived by eordwaining, so about sLrise 
After 7ha"t , r""^' f ^.*'; h'^-l, his wax, and his twine 
Atler that, make your bread how you eould > One day I heard 
my mother te 1 him to his face he was enough to corrupt half-a- 
■lozen other children; and he only cocked hi, eye at her and 

.Now this (.erard ,s t:,rrcd with ,. ^^me stick. The parch- 
ments arc MO more use .„ hin, lh„„ « ,hi„,b|c or an a'^l to 
Jack. He t<K,k cm out of pure mischief an.l hid then, an.l 
you would never have found then, but for me '■ 

" L "";^ >'"" ""^ "«'"•" »""' <iliy»brecht, ' 
vexed myself more than need." 

When they came to Peters gate he felt uneasy. 
1 wish It had been anywhere but here." 

Joriaii reassured him. 

"The girl is honest and friendiv," said he 
nothing to do w-ith taking them, I'll be sworn ;'• „„„ ne .ea 
him into the ganlcn. " There, master, if a face is to be be iev™ 
here they he : ami see, the mould « loose." 

He ran for a sjmle which was stuck up in the ground at 
some dis^ce and s,«„ went to work and uneovereda pa eh 

down on his knees and tore it out of the hole. His hands 
trembled and his face shone. He threw out parchment afer 
,»rchment, and .lorian dusted them and clekne.l them and 
shook them Now, when Ghysbrecht h«l thrown out a «™at 
many Ins face tegan to darken and lengthen, and when he 

Jonan drove the spade in and threw out quantities of hard 
ir'ctng"edr°'"- ^"' "^" """^ '"= "••«' '^^ "-Sr'f n!:^ 
;; Treason ! treachery I " he cried. " You knew of this." 
Knew what, master, in Heaven's name>" 

twice told:-^"" "'""" "■"'■ "■"' °"""'*"' °"*" "■"■^'' '" 'hese 

"'Tis false,'' cried Jorian, made suspicious by the others 

suspicion. " 'Tis a triek to mb me oF my hun'dred cro^J! 



"niul I have 



"She had 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

Oh! 1 know you, burgcm-ter." And JorUn w« rendy to 

"^'"a'Sow voice fell on them both like oil upon the waves. 
..Jst,"«lrman. it i, not f.Ue, nor yet is it quite tr«: there 
was another parchment." 

*iThfrf there there! Where is it r 

..BuC' onSued Margaret calmly, "it was not a town 
record (so vou have gained your hundred crowns, go<xl man). 
It was but^ private deed between the burgomaster here and 
my grandfather Flor " 

" Hush, hush ! " 

" — is Brandt." , 

" Where is it, girl ? that is all we want to know . 

"Have patience, and I shall tell you. Gerard read the 
mle of t.Tni he',aid, "This is as much yours as the burgo- 
master-s,' and he put it apart, to read .t with me at h., 

'"""hC in the house, then?" said the burgoma.ster, recovering 

"'.Cs^r'' said Margaret gravely, "it is not." Then in a 

voice ^h^fairertd suldenlyj " Yo'u h-'-^d-^y J^;«^f„ 
»„ hard— and so close— that you gave him-no time— to 

STk of aught-but his life-and his grief. The parchment 

was in his bosom, and he hath ta en it with him. 

: A?k'm"' ^o'tle'sir. What right is yours to question 

me ihus " It was for vo«r sake, good m«i, I put force upon 
mv heart and came out here, and bore to speak at all to 
Ss h«rd oUl man. For, when 1 think of the misery he 
t brought on him and me, the sight of him is more than 
f^an Ua'r;" and she gave an involuntary snudder, and wen. 
slowlv in, with her hand to her head, crving bitterly. 

R^r^e for the past, and dread of the future-the slow 
bufTshc now felt,^ie inevitable future- avance, and fear, 
aU tugged in one short n.oment at Ghysbrechts tough heart 
He Tung his head, and his arms fell list ess by ^fjf?i'' 
coarse chuckle made him start round, and there stood Martm 
UMt^Lliaaaen leaning on his bow, and sneenng from ear to 
ear S"tof the^ian and his grinning face, Ghysbrecht . 

"T;,ri°tScrhta, seize him, traitor and thief!" cried he 
''°Mfrtrwtlrl-^"-'ea.mly thrust the Duke's .^^^^^^ 
under Ghysbrechts nose. He looked, and had not a »or<l to 
uv Martin followed up his advintmge. 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

"The Uuke and I are «,ldie.-s. He wont let you oreMv 
burRhers tmmplo on an old comrade He bade me carTl™ 
a message too. vwnj ^uu 

"The Duke send a message to me?" 

. " '^?' ' '°''' 'V'" "' •"""■ '"""'"rfui Joinp, of your iniDrison- 
.ng Gerard for loving a girl; an,l savs he, ' Tell 1 i n ThHs 
o be a kn,g not a burgon,astcr I'll have no kings taHol and 
but one. Bui h n, be more humble, or I'll hang h"m a h^ 

t.|)al)ie ot the deed) "'as 1 hanged the burgomaster nf 

Inngemboh. The Duke could not mind which'' oT you ht 

l.adhm,g,„r,n„|,,,t |Mrt-™ch trifl.. stick not in a soWier's 

.nera..n'; but he was sure he had hanged one o? you tW 

OEo'""" '^■"' •■"■ ""-■ ■"»■" '" '-« ---^ .-'>^ 

These repeated insults fn,m so mean a man, coupled with 
h« mv-ulnerab,lity shielded as he was bv the Uuke, Cve the 
cholenc old n>an into a fit of nnpotent'fury : he shook^hls fist 
at the soldier, and tried to threaten bin,, but could not speak 
lor the rage and n.ortilication that choked bin, then he gave 
a sort of s^creech, and coiled himself up in eve and IbmHfc 

Z,!tT> . T? " 'f ","'"""» "W toad I he knows a kick 
fmm this foot would send him to liis la.,t home; and he wants 

to fi°.hf?o iift r '°*^- ■ ""' ' 'i."^" ^'""' "» -any m:nt 
air fight to hft hmb against anything less than a man; and 
tins I count no man What is it, in Heaven's name 'a^ ^d 
goat s-skm bag full o' rotten hones. ' 
',' ^^.y """'^ ' "}y "■"'= ' " ■■creamed Ghysbrecht 
Jor,an helped the old man up trembling in every joint 

^^,r" , ?k"'«' ■"= ^'■T"""' '" »-'»""■■• "' " "'oment unnatu^l 
»S Ik" It ^^r """ ""■' ''>™»f '" Tergou was tmh, 
»-rd-l,ke ami temble, so old and wizened the face: so wW e 
...1 reverend he streaming hair; so baleful the eye s^ fierce 
i^furj- which shook the bent frame that went spu n^g iSe 

ache. 1 1 make their hearts ache I'll make their hearts ache 
■ li make their hearts ache. All of them. All 1-all 1-aJl r 

fhe black shee,. sat disconsolate amidst the convivial crew 
t off^' , "«""" ^'""""S/S wallet For more ease he h^ taken 
'Off, and flung it on the table How readily thev could h,t^ 
*pped out that letter and put in another For the fi« Zl 



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in their lives they were sorr>- they h«l not learned to write, 

""irLTH':;. hegan to talk "f ?oing, and the brothers 
agreed in « whisper to abandon their project for the t me 
They had searcely resolved this, when Dierieh Brower st.Kxl 
suddenlv in the doorway, and gave them a wn.k. 

They' went out to him. "Come to the burgomaster with all 

"'^ey found Ghvsbrecht seated at a table, pale and agitate.1. 
Before him lay Margaret Van Eyck's handwriting. I have 
^tten whit you desired." said he. "Now for the superscrip- 
tion. What were the woitls ? did you see ? 

" We canno* read," said Comelis. 

"Then is 1.11 this labour lost," cned C.hysbrecht angnl>. 

" "Vav but " said Sybrandt, " 1 heard the words read, and I 
have not lost them. They were, 'To Gerard EUassocn, thes. 
by the hand of the trusty Hans MemUng <"* «U speed. 

"Tis well. Now, how Wit the letter folded? how bi4! 

was it?" . , ... .. 

" Longer than that one, and not so long as this. 

" 'Tis well. Where is he ? " 

"At the hclelry." _, , 

"Come, then, take you this groat, and treat him. Then a k 
to see the letter, and put this in place of it. Come to me with 

"■■rKthe^ assented, took the letter, and went to the 

""ro'eyhad not been gone a minute, when Dierieh Browe, 
issued'fiom the Stadthouse, and foUowed tl,em He had hi. 
orders not to let them out of his sight till the true letter «». 
in his i.-aster's hands. He watched outside the hostelry. 

He had not long to wait. They came out, almost immediately, 
with downcast looks. Dierieh made up to them. 

" Too late ! " they cried ; " too late ! He is gone. 

"Gone? How long?" 

" Scarce five minutes. Cursed chance ! 

" You must go back to the burgomaster at once, said Dierich 
Brower. 

" To what end ? " , , . .v ci jt 

"No matter; cornel" and he hurried them to the Stadt- 

"""Ghysbrecht Van Swieten was not the man to accept a defeat 
"Well," said he. on hearing the Ul news, "suppose he is gone 
Is he mounted ? " 

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" No.'' 

■ Then what hinder, you to con.e up «ith him - 
H"t nliat avails cimiiiiit uu with him > n 
hostelries on the roa.i he i^ ro,, "^' '"'" ' '"''■'■ ^"^ "<> 

man, being t»v„ : hearts of hare, S ,e a^' ^'tk °.^'''" '""■ 
1 be young again.. I'd do it si„gle-UrUe7" "'''«''>■ ™-><" 

i lie old mmi now tlirou- /iff* oil ,i__ • 
hi. heart ™ in this ,t"d He tlfenX^,'"^'' ^'YT'' "•*"> 
and jeered them alternateh- • but 1 e ,„„] ,""'' '«=*™8'>t. 

move tliem tn ■„ ;?"^'J ; ™' "<^ '"und no eloqueiiee could 

Sod ",.h d n^c'^A "LTYf'"™"";""^, «••-" -- 

showed them a pile of ;i|ver coin" '''^""' " '"^""' ""<' 

"Change but those letter, for me," he said "and e „h .■ 
™n shal th„,«t one hand into this drawer^'d take 2 
many of them as vou ean hol.l ■ ^ """"^ '"' 

" I swear it." 

"N'o; on the crucifix." 

Uhysbrecht swore upon the crncifix 

.mm Tergou, Lt though Zyknfw he I ,T n"^"' '™ t'*"' 

;^e^ter '- -"- ----!:i^v„-d^Ur;''i: 

>"<ide„T?Lrhimre^lrcked7,efr a^d be-JiTnTr "^ 
^S^oer^^^S^^-?^'"-^"^^^^ 

but a poor man, and ye shall hafe my all " ' ^ '""'= ' """ 
i» be .t then. Live I but empt/ thy wallet " 



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"There is nought in mv wallet, go<xl friends, but iine 
letter." . L . 

"Th»t wp shall see," saiil Sybrandt, who wiis the one ui 
front. " Well, it u a letter." 

"Take it not from me, I pray you. Tis worth nought, and 
the good dame would fret that writ it." 

"There," said Sybrandt, "take liaek thy letter; and now 
empty thy i>ouch. Come ! tarry not ! " 

But by this time Hans hud recovered his eonfusion ; imd 
from a certain flutter in Sybrandt, and hanl breiithing ol 
Comelis, aided by an indescribnlile consciousness, felt sure the 
pair he had to deal with were no lu-rocs. He pretended tu 
fumble for his money : then suddenly thrust his staff fiercely 
into Sybrandt's face, and drove him staggering, and lent Comtlis 
a bacit-handed slash on the ear that sent him twirling like a 
weathercock in March ; then whirled his weapon over his hewl 
and danced about the road like a figure on springs, shouting 
" Come on, ye thieving loons ! Come on ! " 

It was a plain invitation ; yet they misunderstood it so utterly 
as to fake to their heels, with Hans after them, he shouting 
"Stop thieves! ' and they howling with fear and pain as 
they ran. 



CHAPTER XLI 

Denvs, placed in the middle of his companions, lest he should 
be so mad as attempt escape, was carried off in an agony of 
grief and remorse. For his sake Gerard had abandoned the 
German route to Rome ; and what was his rewanl ? left all 
alone in the centre of Burgundy. This was the thought whit h 
maddened Denys most, and made him now rave at heaven and 
earth, now fall into a gloomy silence so savage and sinister that 
it was deemed prudent to disarm him. They caught up their 
leader just outside the town, and the whole cavalcade drew up 
and baited at " The TMe d'Or." 

The young landlady, though much occupied with the Couut, 
and still more with the Bastard, caught sight of Denys, and 
asked him somewhat anxiously what Iwd become of his young 
companion ? 

Denys, with a burst of grief, told her all, and prayed hfr 
to send after Gerard. " Now he is parted from me, he will 
maybe listen to my rede," said he; "poor wretch, he loves 
not solitude." 

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Th. la,„||«|j. ^„vr « t„„ „( I,..,. 1,^^ ., I J , . 

iH.e., ,omewl,„t ov.r-ku.d ,.l„.dy,' ...J ,he. and turned rather 

" You will not f " 
" Not !.■■ 
J^Then,'_.nd he ,»ured a volley of eurse. and abuse upon 

She turned her l»,ok upon hin, and went off whiraperins 

hM"r^,i!'e%:: ::;Lr"' " '■ --- -• ""- -^-"hf; 

Deny, went north with his troop, mute and droopinR over 

Udv"^ rf' ""■' '"""= ""'""""' *" "'"•■ '".'t vcr„.iou« younJ 
Udy made an e(,uestri«n toilet in only forty minute, Ae 
hemg really ,n a hur^,, and spurred aw.y with 1 ™r e^a^t in 
the opposite direction. crvaiu in 

■ T^hA"vhi,f H " long mareh, the Ba.Urd and hi, men reaehed 
Ihe White Hart; their arrival cau,ed a pro<liKiou, bustle 
and It w«, «,m-, time before Manon discovered her old fnend 
.-.mong «> many. When she did, she showed it only by he Khtened 
colour, bhe ,lid not claim the acquaintance. ^The X wj^ 
TOS already beginning to scorn '^ "" 

" The base degrsea by which ihe did aKmd." 

much-if 0^:;^:' ^™" ■"" -""''■ '"^ '"" ""■■"<••=" "^ too 

the m,m and beckoned him with her finger. He ro,e sulkily, 
and (lis guards with him. -".ijiy, 

"Nay, 1 would speak a word to thee in private." 
She drew him to a comer of the room, and there « ked him 
under her breath would he do her a kindness 

He answered out loud, "\o, he would not; he was not in 
t^r" ^ t" ,^''?°«»^'^« t" ""» »■• "Oman. If he did" 
kmdness ,t should be to a dog; and not that if he could 

nJ^t'"' '^"^ '"^','''J '"'' y" """^ -^ftsoons, you and your 
pretw comrade," said Manon humbly. ' 

ist'tldo *'"' ''""'' ^°" '*'''' "'" ""'■'' '''"' •"■» '^ke-what 

I rj"""" K-'fT^o""^' ''""7'- ' '"^ ^'"' ""fortunate. Now 
I am woi^hipfu I But a woman did cast him in my teeth this 

12' I- . . i""" ''^ '=''^'' *''"•= •"= •""gs there. I would 
Mve him U'en down ; well-a-day ! " 

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"With all my huurt." 

" .^d none dare 1 «%k but Ihci-. Will do I ? 
" Not I, even were 1 il»t k priMimr. 

On thi« stem refusal the trmU-r Mal."n Milled, and clas,„d 
her I-1..1. t..Krlh..r d.-si«mdenllv. Deny,, told her she ne,-, 
not fret. There were soldiers of a lower sUmp who would lu.l 
make two biles of sueh a eherry. It was a mere .nnller ..I 
money; if she could find two angels, he would hnd two soldier, 
to do the dirty work of •• The White Hart." . . , , 

This was not very palatable. However, relleetum that s..ldiru 
were birds of passage, drinking here to-n.)tht, knoeked ou Ju- 
head there t.^morrow, she said softly, " Send them out to mr 
But prithee, tell them that 'tis for ..ne that is my fnend ; let 
Ihem not think tis lor me. 1 should sink nito the earth ; Doles 
are ehaneed." , ,, 

Denys found warriors glad to win an angel apiece so easil;^ 
He sent them out, and instantly dismissing Ihe subject with 
contempt, sat brooding on his lost friend. 

Manon and the warriors sixin came to a general understandiii» 
But what were they to do with the baly when taKen down • 
She murmured, "The river is nigh the— the— place. 
" Fling him in, eh ? " 
" Say* nay ; be not so cruel : Could ye not put him— geiillj 

—in— with somewhat weighty^' ,. i , 

She must have been think- ;; -m the subject in deUll . lor 
she was not one to whom idea^ .. .me quickly. 

All was speedily agreed, except the time ot payment. Ihc 
mail-clad itched for it, and sought it in advance. Manuu 
demurred to that , . ,_ i 

What, did she doubt their word ? then let her come along 
with them, or watch them at a distance. 

" Me ? ■ said Manon, with horror. " I would llever die than 
see it done." 

" WHiich yet you would have done. 

" Ay, for sore is my need. Times are changed. 

She had already forgotten her precept to Denys 

An hour later the disagreeable relic of caterpUlar existcncr 
ceased to canker the wor't.ipful matrons pubUc life, and the 
grim eyes of the past to cast malignant glances down mto .i 
white hind's clover field. 

Total. She made the landlord an average wife, and a p nme 
house-dog, and outlived everybody. 

Her troops, when they returned frum executing with mediieval 
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luivcle the |irc< 
They rciMiMl Ihc 
emptj- ;iii htmr 
meddling with 
encoiintg by 
inliiijled with' « 
»< 'ug, in u time 
" Ve Ix'ni Cuol 



■v|il, "Otr wi' the oiikl love," received « shock. 

m»rket-pliiee hluek with ,(itiiips ; it h«d been 
"Ro. (i.nscieiiee unote then. Ihi. come uf 
the dead. However, the boUler of the two, 
the (Urkneis, stole forwanl iilone, iind .lily 

KTOup; he »oon returned to hi. eumpuuon, 

III reproach not strictly reasonHble 

It is only M miracle.' 



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CHAPTER XI.II 

l,ETrtRs of fire on the church wall hud jujt inquired, with 
•n i.ppe.r»nce of Kenuine curiosity, why there w„» no mavs 
for the Duke in this time ,.f ti-ouble. The su,Kn„lur.l 
expostulation had been .seen by many, and ha<l graduiuy faded. 
eauuR the spectator, glued there g.-iping. Ue upahot waa, 
that the corporation, not choosing to be behind the angelic 
powers in loyalty to a temporal sovereign, invested freely in 
inasses. Hy this an old friend of ours, the cure, profited in hard 
issn ; tor w-^hich he had a very pretty Uste. But for this / 
would not of course have detained you over so trite an occur- 
rence as a miracle. 

Deiiys begged for his arms. "Why disgrace him a, well as 
break his heart ? 

"Then swear on the cross of thy sword not to leave the 
Ba.slard s service until the sedition shall be put down " He 
yieliled to necessity, and delivered three volleys of oaths, and 
recovered his arms and liberty. 

The troops halted at "The Three Fish," ami Marion at sight 
of him cned out — * 

" ' l". "-, "'^ '™''' ""^o '"'"'d •>»"= thought to see you 
T.'i."' . , ■ '"'"'"S '"' "■"* "«'' »n^ "">er hurt than amused 
»t this blunt jest, she asked him what was amiss > He told her. 
She took a bright view of the case. Gerard was too handsome 
•mtl well-behaved to come to hann. The women too would 
always be on his side. Moreover, it was clear that things 
mils either go well or ill with him. In the former case he 
would strike m with some goo<i company going to Rome ; in 
»ie latter he would return home, perhaps be there before his 
tnend; "for you have a trifle of fighting to do in Flanders by 
all accounts. She then brought him his gold pieces, and 



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•taulily refuMcil 1.. mc-i'iil nut, UioiikIi t'l; utniil li" >(i«iti 
Hml again. 

Denyn wa^ wimewlmt oonvinced liy lar .irKiimMil, Iwcaust 
Hhe concurrr.l «ilh hi» own wishrs, nnd »»» also rh«rr<l « 
llttli- by Hnding h< r m Imnol. It niwlf liiin think a litl r 
better of lh«t world in which hi> |)oor lillU' frieml wan walk- 
ing alone. 

Foot soldirri in snwil liodic* ilown to twos luld threea werp 
already on the r.»id. nmkhic b.«ilv towimU Flandern, miinv of 
Ihem penniless, hut |»iv,ed Inmi lown lo town by the ImiliHs, 
with orders for IVkkI aii.l Imlginu on the nn.kn|Mrs. 

Anthony of Itnrnnndy overt<Hik mnnliers of these, anil 
([.ilhercd th. in niuhr his sljnidanl, so that h. eiitend Flanders 
Bt Ihe head of six hiniilred nun. On irtissio); llie Imntier li. 
was met by his brother Baldwvn, with men. arms, and nrovi 
sions ; he organised hi» whole force anil nwiehed on in batll, 
array through several towns, not only wilhoiil impediment, but 
with great acclamations. This loyally called forth comments 
not altogether gracious. 

"This rebellion of mini in a bite, ijrr.wleil a soldier called 
Simon, who had elected himself Uenyss comrade. 

Ilenys said nothing, but made a little vow to tit. Mars to 
shoot t'hls Anthony of Burgundy dead, should the rebellion, that 
had cost him Geraitl, prove no rebellion. 

That aflemoon they came in si^ht of .1 strongly tortlhed 
town; and a whis|ier went through the liltle army that this 
was a disaffec led place. 

But when ey came in sight, the great i;ale stood open, and 
the towers that Hanked it on each side were manned with ^ 
single sentinel apiece So the ndvaiuing force somewhat broke 
their array and marched carelessly. 

When they were within a furlong, the drawbridge across the 
moat rose slowly ami creaking till it stmid vertical against the 
fort and the verv moment it settleil into this warlike attitiule, 
down rattled the portcullis at the gate, and the towers m\ 
curtains bristled with lances and crossbows. 

A stern hum ran through the BasUrds front rank and spreail 
to the rear , , ,. , ^, 

" Haiti '■ cried he. The word went down the Une, and Ihej 
halted " Herald lo the gate '" ^ v ,.■ . . 

A pursuivant spurred out of the ranks, and haltmg twenty 
yards from the gate, raised his bugle with his herald s fla^ 
hanging down round it, and blew a summons. A tall hgure 
in brazen .irmour appeared over the gate. A few fiery words 
uawed between him and the herald, which were not audible, 



rriK lldlSTKit AM) niK hkartu 

l>i.t ll,.-i,- „„|.,r, . |..„ |„, „„. ,,..,.,1,1 ,,,..„ 

mm «„l ihrir HmiIk h«i not hern loMlhrr two «fc.,i>H. 
'r. he lurn«,l i„ hi, saddle and ,houl.d, •■ 'iLlI™ ta ,t 

looK the I,, Id «nd rn.Kmp,d ju,l ,,„t of shot from Ih, w,il,- 

^" ihT^Lr^r r"""i "*"" "^"'' -""•■ <=-'. «..' « t; 

l'!r a ;.i,^r ■"I'.nli-r,, prnvisums, and all Ihr nmtrruiU 

;^:j:^;:r'i;;iit!rri;itr-:K'i'i,:;;t';;: 

U that great warrior heard, how he mil.t have grinned , 



CHAITER XLIII 
Tilt b*,iesers ene»m,,ed a InrlonR from the wall,, ,nd made 

. ■ ufP ""',' P''"=""" '" '■""'I' '-'^Jy for <". «^ult when 
practicable; and sent forward the.r s«p,,ers, n.onTeri e.^ 

the mo. «,d raui.ng, or '.reachinK Ih.: wall, L: And ^ 
much ol their work had to be done nnder elo,e fire of a^w" 

ileTl'fnh •/";"'■'•• ".'!•' '■"'' "'^'"'- ""= "'«'- artists™^' 
i.eed of a h,mdre<l e.ves," and a.ted in concert w:th a vi«il.„c7 

"'t "11""""" "' ""'"'■■""' ">''"«-"^ '"»"««, anS Sili; 
l«l"™ '"*'"■ '"^ '"'""-""ft "«1 "en Tnnuslns. <° 

bell iid rolhng mantelets „ ,■ . , - .ckade high and strong 

1)1. nT.L ^°'' " "'■°"« ''"■'"' "f ""sslwwmen, includiuK 

IrTa^i'vrr, b" """"'.''",? "Pu*"'' "■"" "'" the'worknien"? 
brads at ever,- bes.eged who showed his nose, and at every 

ctve«d tv b''" '5' ""Tenters happened to be upon. 
Z^ 1 ^ ™'>de"«d fire, these soon r.is«l a high 

pt;:^'™!:::::;^; """ "" '"= """"-^ ■"-"- '""■ '*« 

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But the besieged expected this, and ran out at night their 
hoards or wooden penthouses on the top of the curtains. The 
curtains were built with square holes near the top to receive 
the beams that supjwrted these structures, the true defence 
of medisEVal forts, from which the besieged delivered their 
missiles with far more freedom and variety of range than they 
could shoot through the oblique but immovable loop-holes 
of the curtain, or even through the sloping crcuelete of the 
higher towers. On this the besiegers brought up mangonels, 
and set them hurting huge stones at these wood-works and 
battering them to pieces. Contemporaneously they built a 
triangular wooden tower as high as the curtain, and kept it 
ready for use, and just out of shot. 

This was a terrible sight to the besieged. These wooden 
towers had taken many a town. They began to mine under- 
neath that part of the mciat the tower stood frowning at; 
and made other preparatirns to give it a warm reception. 
The besiegers also mined, but at another part, their object 
being to get under the square barbican and throw it down. 
All this time Denys \ias behind his mantelet with another 
arbalestrier, protecting the workmen and making some ex- 
cellent shots. These ended by earning him the esteem of an 
unseen archer, who every now and then sent a winged com- 
pliment quivering into his mantelet. One came and stuck 
within an inch of the narrow slit through which Denys was 
squinting at the moment 

"Peste," cried he, "you shoot well, my friend. Come forth 
and receive my congratulations I Shall merit such as thine 
hide its head ? Comrade, it is one of those cursed Englishmen, 
with his half ell shaft. I'll not die till I've had a shot at 
London wall." 

On the side of the besieged was a figure that soon attracted 
great notice by promenading under fire. It was a tall knight, 
clad in complete brass, and carrying a light hut prodigiously 
long lance, with which he directed the movements of the 
besieged. And when any disaster liefell the besiegers, this 
tall knight and his long lance were pretty sure to be con- 
cerned in it. r^ L . 

My young reader will say, "Why did not Denys shoot 

him ? " L u 1 

Denys did shoot him ; every day of his liie ; other arbales- 
triers shot him ; archers shot him. Everybody shot him. He 
was there to be shot, apparently. But the abomination was, 
he did not mind being shot. Nay, worse, he got at last so 
demoralised as not to seem to know when he was shot. He 
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walked his battlements „nder fire, a.s some stout skipper dk«s 

doptlrfeiro" h'' ""'n""«' ™'""^ °'"'"°- of'Te 5:^ 

arops tliat tall on his woollen armour. At last the besiei« 

but cursed him and his imp .„us eoat of mail. 
tie took these missiles like the rest. 

Gunpowder has spoiled war. War was always detrimental 
to the solid interests of mankind. But in old times h"™ 

S wh '""'^■''''butchery, under a pall of smoke a furlong 

mlv reJ^^t".^^ "" ^^"" t\ """ ' ^"<'' ""• ••« note-bo^k 
may repeat, "Suave etiam belli certamina magna tueri ; " but 

anything but a horrid row. He didn't say, "S.,a^ eth^ 
mgentem caUginem tueri per campos instruetam," 
1 hey managed better in the Middle Ages. 

„r^Z t'T "m " """" "f"" •""' ''''^ « it ""^ « writer 
or mnstrel could see it, and turn an honest penny by Z7 

In^nd! '° *^™ "" ^'~'' ™ ««onabk, and\3 

nf W'^^k" ''"?'" ?"y' '■''='"■' *"" '"" '!""« '""'y- The efforts 
of the besieging force were concentrated against a spwcTf 
»bout two hundred and fifty yards, containing two curtiSnTand 
wo tower, one of which was the «,uare ifrbican, t^ other 
W a pointed roof that was built to overlap, resting on a stone 
niachicolade, and by this means a row of dangerous crenelets 
between the roof and the masonr>- grinned down at the ne««r 

te ™' t ^\P°'<^ °'"'y '•'ox^'l- The^urtains were overl 
Shr*. I*?*™''^' somewhat shattered by the mangonels, 
trebuchets, and other slinging engines of the besiegers On 
he besiegers edge of the moat w.is what seemed at first sight 

LS*T„H%!n°"f K "^''^ ^""^ '' ""^ '"■<"«'' P^opl'd by human 
ants, and full of busy, honest industry, and displaying all the 
various mechanical science of the age in full operation. Here 
U^e lever at work, there the winch and pulley, here the balance, 
there the capstan. Everywhere heaps of stones, and piles of 
ascines, mantelets, and rows of fire-barrels. Mantelets rolling, 
the hammer tapping all day, horses and carts in endless suc- 
cession rattling up with materials. Only, on looking closer 
into the hive of industry, you might observe that arrows were 
constantly flying to and fi-o, that the cranes did not tenderly 
deposit their masses of stone, but flung them with an indifference 
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the tubs full of arrows, and the tar-liarrels and the beams, the 
fagots, and other utensils, here and there a workman or a soUIilt 
lay flatter than is usual in limited naps, and something more or 
less feathered stuck in them, and blood, and other essentials, 
oozed out. 

At the edge of the moat opposite the wooden tower, a strong 
penthouse, which they called " a cat," might be seen stealing 
towards the curtain, and gradually filling up the moat with 
fascines and rubbish, which the workmen flung out at its mouth. 
It was advanced by two sets of ropes passing round pulleys, 
and each worked by a windl.tss at some distance from the cat. 
The knight bunit the first cat by flinging blazing Ur-barrcls on 
it. So the besiegers made the roof of this one very steep, and 
covered it with raw hides, and the tar-barrels could not harm 
it. Then the knight made signs with his spear, and a little 
trebuchet behind the walls began dropping stones just clear 
of the wall into the moat, and at last they got the range, 
and a stone went clean through the roof of the cat, and made 
an ugly hole. 

Baldwjm of Burgundy saw this, and losing his temper, ordered 
the great catapult that was battering the wood-work of the 
curtain opposite it to be turned and levelled slantwise at this 
invulnerable knight Denys and his Englishman went to dinner. 
These two worthies being eternally on the watch for one another 
had made a sort of distant acquaintance, and conversed by signs, 
especially on a topic that in peace or war maintains the same 
importance. Sometimes Denys would put a piece of bread on 
the top of his mantelet, and then the archer would hang some- 
thing of the kind out by a string ; or the order of invitation 
would be reversed. Anyway, they always managed to dine 
together. 

And now the engineers proceeded to the unusual step of 
slinging fifty-pound stones at an individual. 

This catapult was a scientific, simple, and beautiful enj le, 
and very effective in vertical fire at the short ranges of the 
period. 

Imagine a fir-tree cut down, and set to tunt round a horizontal 
axis on lofty uprights, but not in equilibrio; three-fourths of 
the tree being on the hither side. At the shorter and thicker 
end of the tree was fastened a weight of half a ton. This butt 
end just before the discharge pointed towards the enemy. By 
means of a powerful winch the long tapering portion of the 
tree was forced down to the very ground, and fastened by a 
bolt; and the stone pUced in a sling attached to the tree's 
nose. But this process of course raised the butt end with its 
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.1 tin r.tr-ljiiii-tl-i Mild tin hiv'tii.. 
hen- uu'l ilu-rt- a workumii *'i n-h 
i<rnitt*fi nH]ti, aiui ponifihmg n.. , 
iieni. ami IiI'KmI, and othir *■>?=«• ■ 



t,hf' *i!l>s full (J. .irn w 

lay Hnltf I- tlia'i i' t ■ • 
less tVathcrci) -tin.' 

At »h" ( !^'- '»t thr moat opposite the wmKlrn lo««:?r. i 
ppnthnnsc. v/htf.-h Mu'V rJicI "a cnt, Mupht W scf-r. - 
tnwarHi thv curt-un, niid ^nidiiiilly »iUirif? up the mo. 
faAf!n»:!» and i.jhhtsh, uhirh the >vorki:K-i' fld-iR nut at lU 
it was ;u'HiK;i-d (»j tw<. M-ts of ntj.'. [Mi'-sins round 
find e'^-h v..)rkt.d by ;j ivnulhihs ;it s«im'' distance from ' 
lin kiii!;lit hiinil ♦h-; <*'r,i put, by Hin^'ri^; bU^-inj; t«r-br. 
tt S- th** l.f'siK^r f^ mHiic tht^ roof f>) Ih'' 'it.' v(.-.y «» 
crn-frcd it with -nw tudt-i. nnd liie lar-lwrrcU cfMdd ' 
It. Thfii thv^ knitfht made si^i^ iv»th hi'. ^}wiiT. .ii.if 
trclnicliel behind tht: w.ills beu^an ilrnppi;iK litones ; 
nf the whU into th.' niortt, and at 1-wt. ihry gnt th 
Mild a -itone went (Ic'di thr<.iii;h thi root o** ihe ciu «;■ 
111 iii.'l^' bolt. 

Riliiwyn cj -, ir^riuidy -vflv' -h" and !o«iil« bj< leinp^ 
i!>f ^rt;a( crfi. ■■itlt ;lint we- ivHrni.ij Ihc wo^mI-wij'*., 
pif'ittiii (ipp, i. it ic h»- tum^-i <ilid lc\f;lWti sIju:'-''- 
hu-idner.tble kmcht. Denvs iin i hiN Fir/lisbmsn went •■ 
Thcsr two worthttjs beiitf; cttrnftlly on I'lC »iorh l'>r -c • 
HhJ tnade a ,=4ort of di-^tant n.c(iii:t!ntafiOc, :inil conver-^-'! 
fsj)eci.illy on a topic rbat in pence or war uiainLuns ■ 
importanVe. sumetiinf-s I>t^nys wnvid put « piect' (»T 
t;i» top«tf hii manlL'K't, and then Hu- ^lubcr would '<. 
Hdnic ot i_he kind o-t by -^ ^*^rr}^ -. or the ..idrr r( 
•^■HiM \^ rcvrr-fd Apvw«v. t'l'-v nh* ays inaiiage;' 

•Viid t.'.tv U'. ■ enjjn.'-T' p^^^fded to tlie unusu*^^ 
siiiijiinv" Ptt.y-p'"iii'l -tsiTi'''. ft* ;u. jnduid(i«l. 

I'dis c&'apuh was « wiiriiMiTi-, v.mj.U-, mid beauu; 
-imI -erv - rff-ctiv in verlictil fit* at tht- >horl ritni.:'' 

In-.itfine n tir-trec cut down, ailU v.' hi turn mimr* s - 
axic ''i Irtfty upriglitp, but -irt in equiUbrio; thrt-- ' 
tbr' 're' Vwnig on the hither -id.-. At tSr "(hortr 
end <'i' '.(•■■ trpi* w»5 fi'-t»-ii»'d n w<*i>:ht ot h'df a it. 
end J'--.* 'letnrc the dischnrj^e jx>intf^d Inward^ th' 
mean. «•! ;i i»werf(ii wir.i'h the Ipnc ta[)erinir ; 
tree wa. iVircfxl do ah to tho V'ry t!^»'<"*l -i^d i 
bolt: ai. J the stone pLaied in a shnc attaehed '" 
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huge weight high in the air, and kept it there utruggling In 
vain to come down. The bolt was now drawn ; Gravity? an 
institution which flourished even then, resumed its sway, 
the short end swung furiously down, the long end went as 
furiously round up, and at its highest elevation flung the 
huge stone out of the sling with a tremendous jerk. In this 
case the huge mass so flung missed the knight, but came 
down near him on the penthouse, and went through it like 
iMper, making an awful gap in roof and floor. Through the 
latter fell out two inanimate objects, the stone itself and the 
mangled body of a besieger it had struck. They fell down 
the high cur' lin side, down, down, and struck almost together 
the sullen waters of the moat, which closed bubbling on them, 
and kept both the stone and the bone two hundred years, till 
cannon mocked those oft perturbed waters, and civilisation 
dried them, 

" Aha ! a good shot," cri>:d Baldwyn of Burgundy. 

The tall knight retired. The besiegers hooted him. 

He reappeared on the platform of the barbican, his helmet 
being just visible above the parapet He seemed very busy 
and soon an enormous Turkish catapult made its appearance 
on the platform, and aided by the elevation at which it was 
planted, flung a twenty-pound stone two hundred and forty 
yanls in the air; it bounded after that, and knocked some 
dirt into the Lord Anthony's eye, and made him swear. The 
next stone struck a horse that was bringing up a sheaf at 
arrows ui a cart, bowled the horse over dead like a rabbit, 
and spUt the cart. It was then turned at the besiegen' 
wooden tower, supposed to be out of shot. Sir Turk slung 
stones cut with sharp edges on purpose, and struck it re- 
peatedly, and broke it in several places. The besiegers 
turned two of their slinging engines on this monster, and kept 
ronsUntly sUnging smaller stones on to the platform of the 
barbican, and kUled two of the engineers. But the Turk 
disdained to retort. He flung a forty-pound stone on to the 
besiegers great catapult, and hitting it in the neighbourhood 
ot the axis, knocked the whole structure to pieces, and sent 
the engineers skipping and yeUing. 

In the afternoon, as Simon was running back to his mantelet 
Irom a palisade where he had been shooting at the besieged 
Uenys, peeping through his slit, saw the poor feUow suddenly 
sure and hold out his arras, then roll on his face, and a feathered 
»miw protruded from his back. The archer showed himself a 
moment to enjoy his skill. It was the Englishman, Denvs, 
«lrea<ly prepared, shot his bolt, and the murderous archer 
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staggered away wounded. But poor Simon never moved. 
His wars were over. 

" I am unlucky in ray (•omrades, " said Denys. 

The next momiiid an unwelcome sight ureetert the benieged. 
The cat was covered with mattresses and raw hides, and fast 
filling up the moat. The knight stoned it, but in vain ; flung 
burning tar-barrels on It, but in vain. Then with his own hands 
he let down by a rope a Iwg of burning sulphur and pitch, and 
stunk them out. But Baldwvn, armed like a lobster, ran, anil 
bounding on the roof, cut tli string, anil the work went on 
Then the knight sent fresh engineers into the mine, and under- 
mined the place and unilerpinned it with beams, and covered 
the beams thickly with grease and tar. 

At break of day the moat was filled, and the wooden tower 
began to move on its wheels towjinls a part of the eurtai]i 
on which two catapults were already playing to breach the 
hoards, and clear the way. There was something awful and 
magical in its approach without visible agency, for it was 
driven by internal rollers worked by leverage. On the top 
was a platform, where stoixl the first assailing party protected 
in front by the dmwbridge of the turret, which stood vertical till 
lowered on to the wall ; but better protected by full suits of 
armour. The besieged slung at the tower, and struck it often, 
but in vain. It was well defended with mattresses and hides, 
and presently was at the edge of the moat. The knight bade 
fire the mine midemeath it. 

Then the Turkish engine Hung a stone of naif a hundred- 
weight right amongst the knights, and carried two away with 
it off the tower on to the plain. One lay and writhe<i : the 
other neither moved nor spake. 

And now the iKsieging catapults flung blazing tar-barrels. 
and fired the hoards on both sides, and the assailants ran u|) 
the ladders behind the tower, and lowered the drawbridge 
on to the battered curtain, while the catapults in concert 
flung tar-barrels and fired the adjoining works to dislod,^e 
the defenders. 

The armed men on the platform sprang on the bridge, led 
by Baldwyn. The invulnerable knight and his men-at-arms 
met them, and a fearful combat ensued, in which many a 
figure was seen to fall headlong down olT the narrow bridge 
But fresh besiegers kept swarming up behind the tower, and 
the besieged were driven off the bridge. 

Another minute, and the town was taken ; but so well had 
the firing of the mine been timed, that just at this instant 
the under-pinners gave way, and the tower suddenly sank 
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awny fron> Ihr w.lk, t^Hrh.g t|,,. .Ir,» bri.lgr .lonr and pourin, 
1..= Mjldiors off It against the musonr,- and on to the drVmoat 

roun,le.l B»Wwjt, and hi, fellow,; bnt stmnge to «.y,oirZl 
thern quarter. While ,. party di^nned and disposed of theTe 

«ren^e. At th.s work who so busy as the tall knight He 

d^.e^r'^."" ,*"" '°"« "P*"' °"'' "'"'«' them into the 
doomed structure late so terrible To do this he wa, obliged 

Inlrlh" ^" P~J%'""K !*""> °f 'h<- «h«ttered hoanl, holdtog 
on by the hand of a pikeman to ste«ly himself This „r^ 
yoked Denys: he ran out from bis mantelet, hoping to JZ 
not.ee „, the eonfusion and levelling hi, erossb^w missed Z 
kmght clean but sent his bolt into the brain of the pikeman 
:md the tall knight fell heavily from the wall, laneeLd^! 

plth^J^ I ^".""" •""' ""- "''•'' ""J there was an 
l!Jignsh arrow skewering it. 

J}ht Z^^ "" unnoticed in a much greater matter The 
Wght, his armour glittering in the morning sun, fell headlong 
rd^Tl-e'/ff."""^ '-^ water, struek^t w'ith a s..p'th"ft' 

None ever thought to see him again. But he fell at the 
edge of the fascines on which the turret stood all cocked on 
T'JltV ^"^}\'l^" stuck into them under water, and by 
a mighty effort he got to the side, but could not get out 
Anthony sent a dojen knights with a white flag to take him 
pnjoner. He submitted like a lamb, but said nothing. 

He was taken to Anthony's tent. 

That worthy laughed at first at the sight of his muddv 
amour But presently, frowning, said, "I Lrvel, sir, that .J 
good a knight as you should know his devoir so ill as turn rebel 
Md give us all this troub'.c." ' 

'!, I,?" °™— °"n— nun— nun— nun— no knight." 
"VMiatthen? ^ 

"A hosier." 

,k"'^i,'^'.'f ' P™ "'y '""<"" *aU be stripped off, and 
thou Shalt be tied to a stake in front of the workTand riddkS 
with arrows (or a warning to traitors." ■" "uuicu 

lUir~"~"~"~"° ■ Juda—duda-duda—duda— don't do 

" Why not > " 

buLi!!!.h,Z*"T;""'r!.°™!''°"' *"'-h-h-h-h.ng t'other 
uuba — buba — buba — buba— bastard. " 
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•f Your bub bub — bub — brother Boldwya" 

" What, hnve you kn«vCT tm'en him f " 

The wsrlikv hoslrr nodded 

" Hang the fool ! " ««id Anthony peevishly. 

The warlike hoiier watched liU eve, and doffinj? his helmet, 
took ■mt at the lining «n intereepied letter from the I)uki-. 
bid<lin(C the said Anthony come to court immediately, as li. 
was to represent the court of Hurtjundy at the eou-t ol 
England ; was to go over and receive the English king's sister, 
and conduct her to her bridegroom, the hjirl of Charolois 
The mission wai one very soothing to Anthony s pride, and 
»ls€> to his love of pleasure For I-klward the Fourth held 
the gayest and most luxurious court in Euro|)e. The sly 
hosier saw he longed to be off, and said, "We'll gega— 
gegn — gega— gega— give ye a thousan<l angels to raise the 
siege " 

" And Baldwyn ? " 

" I'll gega— gega— gega— gega— go and send him with the 

money." i. ■ j 

It was now dinner-time ; and a Hag of truce being hoisted 

on both sides, the sham knight and the true one dined together 

and came to a friendly understanding. 

" But what is your grievance, my good friend ? " 
" Tuta— tuta— tuta— tuta— too much taxes." 

Denys, on finding the arrow in his right arm, turned his 
back, which was protected by a long shield, and walked sulkily 
into camp. He was met by the Conite de Jamac, who had 
seen his brilliant shot, and finding him wounded into the tar 
gain, gave him a handful of broad pieces. 

" Hast got the better of thy grief, arbalestrier, methinks. 

" My grief, yes ; but not my love. Aa soon as ever 1 have 
put down this rebellion, I go to Holland, and there I fhall meet 
with him. ' 

This event was nearer than Denys thought He was relieved 
from service next day, and though his wound was no trifle, set 
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CHAPTEK XUV 

A cHANni: ciinte over M-irvapft n...n^» ^i 

houiehold dutie. like onT^ , T *"'''«"' •bout her 

«ye. on him. ' She «ent le,, „«l " u** "iS"" '"" '«"^««' 
V^«. Eyck, and «« i!| ',t "er e«e '"h""" fr"" »*"«"«' 
of .ecti„K her w.m, j", ?riem •, «re'«e?:he ted' .o '"'""* 
Ihrni passive and tremhlin„ .^.l '• "*'" '" """ve 

from tiem. But theZ^ iitr^i"""^'.'"'" *'"'"" "hrink 

would ,„ outside h'r%r\:uri^s«':;"'wre'„^'h """ 

1 neii « hy not come oftener, mv dear > " 

"I will take them to task for it, at leart .,.,k f .u 
m are women ■ " and th.. ,„_ . . "'^" "' t""" 

J- and eloak: .Jt^J'^ SZ^-J'l P- »-;; 

S «nd .e-lookedt :X t.iJlK, rrnt^ol;"': L^! 

j;.™;^fiC™*s:^:^S":arr'"'"tr'' 

^.yck tried, but all in vain St, then . . • ^"g"'^ ^an 
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h-tily with ... .bmpl «i..l ...""l«t"> ;•"'««•)•. "Wch ^'►■"*"' 
_r,!t^«l with ui ulr nith»r i.f ile6tmt lh«ii obtl»«.«-. 
"rtSir'tt" r«r"M.rg.ret V.„ ^yck ««.^ KHc t „.,. 
.-rmlns with > I>«le gi' "" <T>il<:he«- Margaret Van r.)ck 

Ei;rS:xr:z;ir^hl.::^n.K^::s:r.r\:^ 

her choler. She .t..p|Kd and kl»rd Kate h brow. 

" 1 KC ■■ «i<l Kh.. " Mind, then, I leave it f. vou. 

R.t.^;d Lne, .he ^.id-" . ha- '-" '°^' ."™- 
U«,.y. where 1 .uve ,een -erj. --' l.-^-^'^'T w"o:;.:!, 
uncommun thing, 1 nave seen » i ', ' ^,i, , race -if I 
,niil I have seen «n angel In the tle«h, with a lace li 
had it here Id take down -ny l,n..he, onee ...ore ...d try «n.l 

'"nitle Kate did ' l>elle the gixMl opinion w hartil) fomi.d 
thl, She waited V better opportunity, and told her ranther 
l'°;heh'«. limed fr^Ji ReiTt He,-L.. that Margaret had 
shed : cr ■ y blood for Gerard in the wood. 

" Sf . riother, how she loves him. 

" w;. J would not love him ? " 

••Oh, mother, think of it! Poor thing „„.„,,,„ .,.|| 

.' \v wench. She haa her own trouble, no doul.t, as ».ll 
a, ,;7'ouT i cant abide the sight of blo.»l, let alon. n,, 

""™8 w,« a point g.lne.1; but whe,. Kate trie.1 to folio,, ,t 

""Aturrrn^lt'^thl. ,. ..laier of the Ualget^ tribe, 
retuS fro-n «rvice in Burgumly, brought a letter ,.n, 
«enZ to the ho»ier'a house. He was .«ay on busi,„.s 
tat thf ^t of the ra.nily sat at .upner. The "d.er Itud Ik 
Ster on the table by Ouherine, a.ui retusn.g M guerdon fo- 
hrinirinir it. went off to Sevenburgen. , 

Th^lette7w«. unfolded and spread out; «.d eur,ou«l 

enough, though not o..e of the.n could read, they could .11 teil 

it was Gerard's handwriting. _i r'.fl.-ri„- "Are 

"And your &ther must be away, cried Catherine. Arr 

ye nTJhamed of yourselves? not one that can re«l your 

But JAoigh the words were to them what hieroglyphics srr 
U. us, there^«, something in the letter th«y e™" 'T', 
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l^ii"'"f";hl?" """:' "r"'; "" '^ '•><" "" •"•« .«i 

anm uiKi oi the lumnl itnd un eamisd : and ii c«ii <■».. . 

trMi«lator ; for it wrttn an nnlvenal laniuaae 
W hen, therefore, they uw lhi», 




«hich Oerard had drawn with his ptncil between the .»„ 
J.orl paragraph,, of which hi. letter ™n.i,tS they r^Id Tl 
.nd .1 went straight to their heart.,. ' "' 

Oerard wa« bidding them I'arewell 

As they gaaed on that ,in.ple sketch, in ever>. turn and line 

n.e women wept over it till they could «e it no longer 
Jongrl.' ""' ^■"'"' ' ■■ "• " "»-" ™'« '-"> -— to 
satTnt'rito.;"?. '^'™"'" '"• • —'•'y -".or., and 

But how to get the woids read to them. Ihev were loth tn 

rhc Dame Van K) ck ? said Kate timidly 
"And no I will, Kate. She has a aood l„»rt ui, i 
*"";. '-• She will be gW to hea?^hinT I wa. Zi 
with her when she came here : but I wil make mv ..^ 
^^, and then she will tell me what t; ^Ij^^hTlS ^y^ 

She was won at Margaret Van Eyck's hou«!. Heieht took 

There was a young woman in the room seated penslyelv 
vtitor "'• """ "" ™* "■" ^urteously made waffor tt 

"Thank you. young Iwly ; the winter nights are cold and 
your stove is a treat." Catherine then, while ^nSjnJ Ter 
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both inclmive. The young perwn wore an ordinary wimple, 
but her gown WM trinuneJwith far, which wa. .a thoK day, 
almost a rim of superior rank or wealth. But what most 
struck Catherine was the candour and modesty of the face 
She felt sure of sympathy from so good a countenance, and 
beean to gossip. , , j ^ t^ - 

" Now, what think you brings me here, young lady ? It is 
a letter! a letter from my poor boy that is far away m some 
savage part or other. And I take shame to say that none of 
us can read it. 1 wonder whether you can read ? 

" Yes " 

"Can ye, now? It is much to your credit, my dear. I 
dare say she won't be long; but every minute is an hour to a 
poor longing mother." 

" 1 will read it to you." 

" Bless you, my dear ; bless you ! . , . , 

In her unfeigned eagerness she never noticed the suppressed 
eagerness *1th which the hand was slowly put out to take the 
letter. She did not see the tremor with which the fingers 
closed on it. 

•' Come, then, read it to me, prithee. 1 am wearying for it. " 

" The Brst words are, ' To my honoured parents. 

" Av ! and he always did honour us, poor soul. 

"■God and the saints have you in His holy keepnig, and 
bless you by n<ght and by day. Your one harsh deed is for- 
ffotten ; your years of love remembered. , . , . u 

Catherine laid her hand on her bosom, and sank back n. her 
chair with one long sob. . , ,_ , » .. i<- , i 

" Then comes this, madam. It doth speak for itself; a Iohr 

""Ay, go on; bless you, girl; you give me sorty comfort. 

^'".'to m^brothers Cornells and Sybrandt-Be content; you 

will cee me no more '.'" 

' What does that mean ? Ah! ,.,,,. n 

"'To my sister Kate. Uttle angel of my fauier s house. He 

klndto*(T— ' Ah!" .. ^ ,i 

"That is Margaret Brandt, my dec --his sweei.ieart, poorwuL 
I've not been kind to her, my dear Forgive me, Gerard . 
"'—for poor Gerald's sake: since grief to her is death- 

to_n,e .• Ah!" And nature, resenting the poor girls 

rtruggle for unnatural composure, suddenly gave way, and she 
■nk iiom her chair and lay insensible, with the letter in hei 
iHnd, and her head on Catherine's knees. 






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CHAPTER XLV 
\oi X t ''■« '^'"dow, and unloosed her dress u she lav 

ttl:rix~'""' ^ ""' ■"" '"' '''" '" '"' ■x^' ^ 

" Come here, if you please " 

Margwet Van Eyck and Reicht came, and found Mariraret 
lymg quite flat, and Catherine beating he; hands * 

Oh, my poor girl ! What have you done to her ? " 
"Me? said Catherine angrily. 
"What has happened, then ? " 

MtuaUon/"*' '"'^'"'' "°""^ """" "•«" » ■■«'""'> in her 

Margaret Van Eyck coloured with ire. 

You do well to speak so coolly," said sh. "you that are 

the cause of her situation." yuu tnai are 

^I^TTiat I am not." said Catherine bluntly, "nor any wo... .„ 

.■m^^Ih*"' " r* J°" '"•' y"" '""^"^ "lat kept them 

.. wJ J """^ ''"''"^" ''*'■ '""rt amongst you. " 

"Why, madam .> Who is it then .> in Heaven's name ' To 

h« S br 7k"'","""* "-'» -^ -y Genird'sTs bI? 

eU tesides th? "'■ "««','='«' '«» than five cmwns the 

tobe." •'■"""^ 8*"*'«™>»»n i» « wife, or ought 

" Of course she ought. And who is the cause she is none? 
« ho came between them at the very altar > " '*""'" ■">"' ' 

"me it w3? "'■™' "^"^'.f " ""■'•" «'<• Catherine gravely; 
me It was not, nor my man * «»c»/ , 

Jnl^rJ^!!^ "" '•"'^■■; " '""' "'ft'^""'. "now you have 
7lt ' K P" ''™ "" "•" '^ 1""« «> hitter agiinst he' 
madam. She is coming to, thank Heaven." 

»,; P " T"'* ''"'" ""^ Catherine; "no, that is aU 
ZTtotZv^i- '""';'" '":!""•' ""^ »"■' t™..ble Xre he' " 

o» m be ™nr!^ SK , ^' "'.'' """ "" "'"'t ni»de her go 
„„; } J ""'■ *"'= '» ojniing to. What, sweetheart ' L 
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They seated her in im easy chair. As the colour wa>. crce|v 
ing back to her face and lips, Catherine drew Margaret V:m 
Eyck aside. 

" Is she staying with you, if you please ? " 
" No, madam." 

" I wouldn't let her go back to Sevenbergeu to-night, 
then." 

"That is as she pleases. She still refuses to bide the 
night." , 

"Ay, but you are older than she is; you can make her. 
There, she is beginning to notice." 

Catherine then put her mouth to Margaret Van Lyck s tar 
for half a moment; it did not seem time enough to whisptr 
a word, far less a sentence. But on some topics females 
can flash communication to female like lightning, or thought 
itself. 

The old lady sUrted, and whispered back— 
" It's false ! it is a calumny ! it is monstrous ! Look at her 
face. It is blasphemy to accuse such a face." 

"Tut I tut! tut!" said the other; "you might as well 
say this is not my hand. I ought to know; and I tell ye 
it is so." 

Then, much to Margaret Van Eyck's surprise, she went up 
to the girl, and taking her round the neck, kissed her warmly 
" I suffered for Gerard, and you shed your blood for him 1 do 
hear : his own words show me I have been to blame, the very 
words you have read to me. Ay, Gerard, my child, I have held 
aloof from her; but I'll malic it up to her once 1 begin. You 
are my daughter from this hour." 

Another warm embrace sealed this hasty compact, and the 
woman of impulse was gone. 

Margaret lay back in her chair, and a feeble smile stole over 
her face. Gerard's mother had kissed her and called her 
daughter ; but the next moment she saw her old friend lookinj! 
at her with a vexed air. 

" I wonder you let that woman kiss you." 
" His mother ! " murmured Margaret, half reproachfully. 
" Mother, or no mother, you would not let her touch you if 
you knew what she whispered in my ear about you." 
" About me i" " said Margaret faintly. 

"Ay, about vou, whom she never saw till to-night. " The 
old lady was proceeding, with some hesitation and choiie of 
language, to make Margaret share her indignation, when an 
unlooked-for interruption closed her lips. 

The young woman slid from her chair to hei' knees, and 

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begM to pmy piteouslj' to her for p.rdoii. From the words 
und the manner of her penitence a bystander would have 
gathered she had inflicted some cruel wrong, some intolerable 
msult, upon her venerable friend. 



CHAPTER XLVI 

The little party at the hosier's house sat it table discussing the 
recent event, when thtir mother returned, and casting a piercing 
glance nil rmmd the little circle, laid the letter flat on the table. 
She repeated every wonl of it by memory, following the lines 
with her finger, to cheat herself and hearers into the noUon 
tlwt she could read the words, or nearly. Then, suddenly 
lifting her head, she cast another keen look on Comeiis and 
Sybrandt ; their eyes felL 

On this the storm that had long been brewing burst on their 
heads. 

Catherine seemed to swell like an angry hen rulHing her 
feathers, and out of her mouth came a Rhone and Sabne of 
wisdom and twaddle, of great and mean invective, such as no 
male that ever was bom could utter in one current ; and not 
mMy women. 

The following is a fair though a small sample of her words : 
only they were uttered all in one breath : — 

" I have long had my doubts tn«t you blew the flame betwixt 
Gerard and your father, and set that old rogue, (ihysbreeht, on. 
And now, here are Gerard's own written words to prove it 
You have driven your own flesh and blood into a far land, and 
robbed the mother that bore you of her darling, the pride of 
her eye, the joy of her heart But you are all of a piece from 
end to end. When you were all boys together, my othere 
were a comfort ; but you were a curse : mischievous and sly ; 
Mid took a woman half a day to keep your clothes whole : for 
why? work wears cloth, but play cuts it With the beard 
comes prudence; but none came to you: still the last to go 
to bed, and the last to leave it ; and why i" '.lejause honesty 
lines to bed early, ami industry rises betimes; where there 
are two lie-abeds in a house there are a pair of ne'er-do-weels. 
Often I've sat and looked at your ways, and wondered where 
ye came from : ye don't take after your father, and ye are no 
more like me than a wasp is to an an' . sure ye were changed 
in the cndle, or the cuckoo dropped ye on my floor : for ye 
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have not our hai:ils, nor our hearts : of all my blood, nunc 
but you ever jeerwi the n that God affiictwl ; but often whf ii 
my back was tui*jtcd I've heard you mock at Giles, because he 
is not so big i ; some; and at my lily Kate, because slie is 
not so HtroDg as a FLmders mare. After that rob a church tn 
you will ! for you can be no worse in His eyes that made Iwth 
Kate and Giles, and in mine that iiuffered for them, po<>r 
darlings, as 1 did for you, you p^iltry, unfeeling:, treasonable curs! 
No, I will not hush, my daughter, they have filled the cnp 
too full. It takes a deal to turn a mother's heart against 
the sons she has nursed upon her knees ; and many is thr 
time I have winked and wouldn't see too much, and bitter. 
my tongue, lest their father should know them as I do ; he 
would have put them to the door that moment. But now 
they have filled the cup too full. And where got ye all this 
money .* For this last month ye have been rolling in it. You 
never wrought for it. I wish I may never hear liom other 
mouths how ye got it It is since '.''^t night you were out 
so late, and your head came back so swelled, Cornells. Sloth 
and greed are ill-mated, my masters. Lovers of money must 
sweat or steal. Well, if you robbed any poor soul of it, it was 
some woman, I'll go bail ; for a man would drive 3'ou with his 
naked hand. No matter, it is good for one thing. It has shown 
me how you will guide our gear if ever it comes to be yoiini. 
I have watched you, my lads, this while. You have spent a groal 
to-day between you. And I spend scarce a groat a week, and 
keeo you all, good and bad. No ! give up waiting for the shoes 
that will maybe walk behind your coffin ; for this shop and this 
house shall never be youm. Gerard is our heir ; |»oor Geranl, 
whom you have banished and done your best to kill ; after that 
never call me mother again ! But you have made him tenfold 
dearer to me. My poor lost boy ! I shall soon see him again ; 
shall hold him in my arras, and set him on my knees. Ay, 
you may stare ! Y'ou are too crafty, and yet not crafty enow. 
You cut the stalk away ; but you left the seed — the seed that 
shall outgrow you, and outlive you. Margaret Brandt is quick, 
and it is Gerard's, and what is Gerard's is mine ; and I have 
prayed the saints it may be a boy ; and it will — it must. Kate, 
when 1 found it was so, my bowels yearned over her child 
unborn as if it had been my own. He is our heir. He will 
outlive us. You will not; for a bad heart in a carcass is like 
the worm in a nut, soon brings the body to dust. So, Kate, 
take down Gerard's bib and tucker that are in the drawer yon 
wot of, and one of these days we will cany them to Sevenbergen. 
We will borrow Peter Buyskens' cart, and go comfort, Gerard's 



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V^n^:unf'c'"^l" She i. hi. Wife. Who i« Ghy.Ur.cht 

bl«k doKfnmy ey«°" * '' '"'''"'=• "^"^ J-™ «'* '""^ "•= 

wit?'^tran^|t"4ni;-te:td''t^^^^^ 
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CHAPTER XLVn 

" I hen 1 do forbid vou." 
" Oh, do yoii?" 
"I do." 

cloJrin'g. "■"" " "" """■"* '" "•= -'d, 1 sappos./' s.i,. she, 
ii^°' '',"'°"''" replied Eli sternly. 

.J?;" t,i,rt t"„^ :i:^e,'r' '""«'""■ »■"= -- -> -vere, 
-^j.;-:fc, 'r J^:;i'ei;o;^\:-^«jj^ 

Uefianee so »,ld and picturesque staggered Kate 
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" And so will Michmelmas ; but when ? and I was so bent on 
you seeing the girl. Then we could have put our heads 
together about her. Say what they will, there is no judging 
body or beast but by the eye. And were I to have fifty more 
ions I'd ne'er thwart one of them's fancy, till such time as 1 
had clapped my eyes upon her ard seen Quicksands ; say you, 
I should have thought of that before condemning Gerard his 
fancy ; but there, life is a school, and the lesson ne'er done ; we 
put down one fault and take up t'other, and so go blunderinf: 
here, and blundering there, till we blunder into our graves, 
and there's an end of us." 
" Mother," said Kate timidly. 

" Well, what is a-eoroing now ? no good news though, by 
the look of you. What on earth can make the poor wench 
so scared ?" 

"An avowal she hath to make," faltered Kate faintly. 
" Now, there is a noble word for ye," said Catherine 
proudly. "Our Geranl taught thee that, I'll go bail. Come 
then, out with thy vowel." 

" Well then, sooth to say, I have seen her." 
" Anan } 

*' And spoken with her to hoot." 
" And never told me .> After this marvels are dirt" 
" Mother, you were so hot against her. I waited till I coulo 
tell you without angering you worse." 

"Ay," said Catherine, half sadly, half bitterly, "like mother, 
like daughter; cowardice it is our l>ane. The others 1 whiles 
buffet, or how would the house fare > but did you, Kate, ever 

have harsh word or look from your poor mother, that you 

Nay, I will not have ye cry, girl ; ten to one ye had your 
reason; so rise up, brave heart, and tell me all, better late 
than ne'er; and first and foremost when ever, and how ever, 
wond yon to Sevenbergen wi' your poor crutches, and I not 
know r " 

"I never was there in my life; ar.., mammy dear, to sa; 
that 1 ne'er wished to see her that I will not, but I ne'er went 
nor sought to see her." 

" There now, " said Catherine disputatively, " said I not twa* 
all unlike my girl to seek her unbeknown to me ? Come now, 
for I'm all agog." 

" Then thus 'twas. It came to my ears, no matter how, and 
prithee, good mother, on my knees ne'er ask me how, that 
Gerard was a prisoner in the Stadthouse tower." 
"Ah!" 

" By lather's behest as 'twas pretended." 
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Oitherine uttered a sigh that wu almost a moan. 
Blacker than I thought," she muttered faintly. 
Giles and I went out at night to bid him be of good cheer. 
And there at the tower foot wa. a bnve h«, quitert«CTo 
me I vow, on the same errand." "'""Kc in 

"Lookee there now, Kate." 

n..'l'^l,,*1' J' •"■' P"'P"^y frighten one another, through the 
place hi, bad name, and our poor head, being » full o' divcls 

cuo' T .S'^""'m *"' '". ">«"•»'""'=■ B"t next moment 
rankonU" ""Saret.- 'And you are Kate/ quo' she! 

h.!^ °"'ir"L "^7^ ^"'™"" '"""I >"'» ''<='^n talking 
backards and forrards of thee to her, and her to thee ' 

nJ^ilff""" ''"."'■''' """ ''««'<»>'«^ on Catherine one of the 
prettiest presents in natiu*- the composite kiss, i.e.. she im- 
printed on her cheek a single kiss, which said— 

1. Quite correct. 

2. Good, clever mother, for guessing so right and quick. 

.1. How sweet for us twain to be of one mind igain after 
never having been otherwise. ^ 

4. Etc. 

"Now, then speak thy mind, child, Gerard is not here 
w n ?" ">*■«•' """W to Heaven he were." 
but little!" ' "'°"'"' """^ '" """'■''' *"■' "^""1^ ^" ?'=*"« 

"Eh, dear; hark to young folk! I am for good acts, not 
ffxrf^^looks. Loves she my boy .., he did ought ti be 

"Sevenbergen is farther from the Sladthouse than we are," 
said Kate thoughtfully ; "yet she was there afore me " 

Uthenne nodded intelligence. 

■■Nay, more, she had got him out ere I came. Ay, down 
from the captive s tower. ' 

Catherine shook her head incredulously. "The hisheat 
lower for miles! It is not feasible.' * 

" 'Tis sooth, though. She and an old man she brought found 
me«.sond wit to send him up a rope. There 'twas dangling 

h7^ I ^TP-i-l"^- "T *^"=' "•^"' "P "■ ^'hen first I siw 1? 
^g, I said, ' This is gUmour.' But when the frank lass's am^s 
aune round me, and her bosom did be-a „n mine, and her 
cheeks wet, then said I, "Tis not glamour: 'tis love.' For she 
« not like me but lusty and able; and, dear heart, even I, 
ZmTI .f "'"f',^" f«', "•n.etime. as I could move the 
rr^rd.^" ■" ' '''™ •»""' '"""'"■ And she loves 

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"God bleM her fort ! God bleu her ! " 

" But ■■ 

« But whmt, Ismb > " 

" Her love, i» it for veiy certain hone«t ? 'Tis mott strange ; 
but that very thing, which hath warmed your heart, hath «onif- 
what cooled mine towards her ; poor Mul. She is no wife, you 
know, mother, when all is done' 

" Humph ! They have stood at th' altar together.' 
" Ay, but they went as they came, maid and bachelor.' 
"'The parson, sailh he so? ' 
" Nay, for that I know not. " 

"Then I'll take no man's word but his in suih » tangled 
skein." 

After some reflection she added — 

"Natheless art right, girl; I'll to Sevanbergen alone. A 
wife I am but not a slave. We are all in the dark here. And 
she holds the clue. I must question her, and no one by ; least 
of all you. I'll not take my lily to a house wi' a spot, no, not 
to a palace o' gold and silver." 

The more Catherine pondered this conversation, the more she 
felt drawn towards Margaret, and moreover " she was all agog 
with curiosity, a potent passion with us all, and nearly omni- 
potent with those who, like Catherine, do not slake it with 
reading. At hwt, one fine day, after dinner, she whispered to 
Kate, " Keep the house from going to pieces, an' ye can;" and 
donned her best kirtle and hood, and her scarlet clocked hose 
and her new shoes, and trudged briskly off to Sevenbergen, 
troubling no man's mule. 

When she got there she inquired where Margaret Brauill 
lived. 

The first person she asked shook his head, and said— 
" The name is strange to me. " 

She went a little farther and asked a girl ol about fitlccn 
who was standing at a door. 

" Father," said the girl, speaking into the house, " here is 
another after that magician's daughter." 

The man came out and told Catherine Peter Brandt's cottaBt 
was just outside the town on the east side. 

"You may see the chimney hence;" and he nointed it 
out to her. "But you will' not find them there, nothei 
father nor daughter; they have left the town this week, 
bless you." 

"Say not so, good man, and me walken all the way Irora 
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" JJ'Vl' "'*"' «>•• ' <l''l meet > «,ldier." 

M.rg«^i.' ""' ^°" ""'*"" *"" ''"* '"■""« "■« «lf«,„e 

"Ay, and narn't a mwl with u> because »hf was gone'' 

ftl-^ r '^"- .""" '""'' '*"' "«' I-" cl'«"^~ no 
strangers, I warrant. 

" Say no more than ye know," sai.l Catherine sharply " Vou 
»re young to take to ,l«,derii,g your elder,. staT^ tell me 
more about this soldier, good man." ' 

"Nay I know no more than that he came hither seekinir 

™'rrmXt ^oit'tL-r Xi"t '-/fr'^ 

•ou thmk so said I, -go and sec.' -I wi 1,' said he and 
burst out w, a hantle o' gibberish-my wife think, Iwa, cje 
^« ■^hir, "■! «'"^»- P'o^'ntly back a come. iS 
smgs t other tune, '^ou were right a.,d I was wrone " w^ 
he, „.d shoves a silver coin in my hand. Show ilThe w7e 

:rt°o!/.v. •""" ""'" *"""' "''■• • ""^ ■-- »"-^ • ''^; 

same" ""^'' ""''" '"''' ^^^"""'- '"'Pecting the coin .11 the 

wlchf" *"■ '""'"' ''"'" """" "^ '""' '^'''"■' he now. 

"That a did," said the young woman warmly; "and dame 

he was just a, pretty a man as ever 1 clapped ey« on cS 

hke^a rose, and shining beard, and Jj^eTin^ hi, heiJd like 

th,',.^,'"i"" "'" *'." '*"«'«d'" «id Catherine; "but, for 
„^ f ^ t "S\T ' '^'" ""^"' "<" "» ^hen I was youn« 
m^I I b /;:! "" '*™'«' "B"" ""1= 'ioffe.l his bon^etT 

^e;^„i.'■p^ner.:i'g^^rn„L*'At'if^^st'1:: 

^estr-tht'toll^'V"''' '°- -" -- "-eiy'r-L^-U-: 

The man not being acquainted with her, opened his eyes at 
this transition, .swift and smooth pe ea nis eyes at 

the'v^''"i: wT'- ";?* ^ ""' • •''•''" ""»'■ """i Eric DonaJd«,n, 
tney li bide in this street. ~~«uu, 

•' ■ ' God be with you, good people," said she .„A 
p™ce. ; but her sprightly fbTcaSTVt on thello'nd 
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Shr .iskwl till' Ukere whether frier Bmiult h»d icaie awa; 
in their ilehl. 

Bush suiil th<7 wtre not custonien. 

Ikmaldiun said, "Not a ntlver t his ilauKhtrr had com. 
round and |hIiI hhn the very nlflht they went. Didn't behevf 
thev owmI II <Hipi>er in Ihc town." 

i^o Catherine g,,l all tlie information of that kind she wantMl 
with very littli' Iroulile. 

"Can you tell me wliat sort this M»r)piret wai? snid slie, 
la she turned to go. 

" Well, noniewliat tiK> reserved for my taste. I like a rbatty 
customer— when I'm not too busy. But she lx)re n hifili 
character for liein^ a (('"'<' diiu(jhter. " 

" "lis no small (iraisc. A w(ll-l<«kinK lass, I am told. 

" \\ liy, whence come you, wyfe r " 

' From 'I'ergou." 

" Oh, ay. Well you sliall jud)(e : the lads dept her ' the 
beauty of Sevenl^rRen ; ' the lasses diii scout it merrily, nnil 
terribly pulled her to pieces, and found so many faults no two 
could agree wher* the fiiult lay." 

"That is enough," said Catherine. "I sec, the bakers are 
no fools in Sevcnbcrgen, and the young women no shallower 
than in other burghs." 

She bought a manchet of breiul, partly out of sympathy 
and justice (she kept a shop), |)artly to show her household 
how nmch better bread she gave them daily ; and returned to 
Tergou dejected. 

Kate met her outside the town with beaming eyes. 

" Well, Kate, lass, it is a happy thing I went ; 1 am heart- 
broken. Gerard h.-ih been sore abused. The child is none o( 
ouni, nor the mother from this hour." 

" Alas, mother, 1 fathom not your meaning." 

" Ask me no more, girl, but never mention her name to me 
again. That is all." 

Kate ac(|uiesced wilii a humble sigh, and they went home 
together. , 

They found a siildier seated tranquilly by their fire. Ihe 
moment they entered the door he rose, and saluted them 
civilly. ITiey stood and looked at him; Kate with some 
little surprise,' but Catherine with a great deal, and with risinj! 
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CHAPTER Xl.Vni 

" What m.k« you hen- ? " wm Catherine', greeting 

•■ I came to seek .fter Margaret' 

" Well, »e know no such person." 
Brandt"""' ''''''"""■= ""'* y™ ■'""* h" byname, M»i^et 

'■ We have heard of her lor that matter -to our eo^t ' 
tome, dame, prithee tell me at le„t where she hides 
1 know not where »lic bides, and care not." 
bi. Jr^'^" """' """ """ • ''-I"*""' ""truth. He bit 

" Well, I looke.1 to iind un .If in an enemy's eountr\- at thi. 
lergou ; but m.yl,e i. ye kne. all ye would no^ iHi dl' ■• " 

b.e!tugr ""■ ""'"' '""•"'■"• "'""'^ "■'•^■« -m I 

•I'hen suddenly wtting her arms akimbo she told him with a 

r.i«d voice «ul Hashing eye, she wondered at hi, cheek Tittln^ 

down by that health of dl hearths in the world '""*""""« 

May Satan fly away with your hearth to the lake of fire 

Jrn . y"""- »"",«"«•« l»de me sit there Mil you eime 

m. the churlish roof-tree that greets an unoffending striimr 

»;^' ""^ '■^ ''"™''" '"""linB to the door * «''"•«" 

Oh . oh ! ' rjaeulate.1 Catherine, frightened, and also a 

tole eon«;lence-strieken; and the vimgo „,t suddenly d^wn 

.he^'MlZ^^g-di:!:^™! """•'"•"'' '""' '» "'■ '»» "—"e™ 

She. ■■ 1 feel all a woman's weakness." 

II'- " Then you are invincible." 
^.,^' }'l """"Pf'""". confirmed that valuable statement- 

So'ifri^^utc^-^L,'^'* -^""^ " ""= ""- ^ "■"»"'■■ 

«ori"^l 'I!!*^' "*? "{f'," "■'.'? "'" "'="'•" f<" • soldier's ht.ty 
«ndt J ^r in-: hli r- Cr^'nirrlrr-'' ■™"' -' 
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" Little Kate, what it't f for niAuit t2o not uml to caU thtni- 

irlvet rufRiui!!," Mid F.U the icnilble. 

Err ihe could explain, " Hold your t'liiftue, girl," taul 
Catherine ; " Muriel bade him sui down, and I knew not thnt. 
And wyted on him ; and he wan going and leaving hit maltson 
on lit, root and branch. I was never ho beeur«ed in all tnv days, 
oh I uh ! oh ! " 

" You were both wmewhat to blame ; Imth you and he," ^aid 
Eli calmly. " However, what the Hervant lays the niahtrr 
should itill stand to. We keep nut open houfie, but yet we air 
not poor enough to gnidge a tieat at nur hearth In n rold day to 
a wayfarer with an honest face, and au, I think, a wounded man. 
So, end nil malice, and sit ye down ! " 

" Wounded ? " cried mother and daughter in a breath. 

" Think you a ttoldier slingi his arm for sport ? " 

" Nay, 'tis but an arrow," said Denys eheertiiUy. 

" Out an arrow ? " said Kate, with conrentrated horror. 
" Where were our eyes, nmlber -' " 

" Nay, in giMxi wKith, a trifle. Which, however, 1 will nraj 
nieadameft to iiceept as an excuse tor my vivacity. 'Ti>> thene 
little tboHsh tririing woundit that fret a man, worthy sir Why 
look ye now, nweeter temper than our Gerard never breathed, 
yet, when the bear did but strike a piece no bigger than a 
crown out of his calf, he turned so hot and choleric y'had 
said he wna no non of yours, but got by the goiMl knight Sir 
John Pepper on his wife dame Mustard; who is this? a dwarf' 
your servant, Master Giles. ' 

"Your senant, soldier," roared the newcomer. Dvin^ 
started. He had not counted on exchanging greetings with 
a petard. 

Denys's words had •tur|>ri<tefl his hosts, but hardly mun- 
than their deportment now did him. They all three cnnie 
creeping up to where he sat, and luoked down into him with 
their lips parted, as if he had been some strange phenomenon 

And growing agitation succeeded to aniaaement. 

" Now hush ! " said EH, " let none speak but 1. Young 
man," said he solemnly, " in God's name who are you, that 
know us though we know you not, and that shake our hearts 
speaking to us of^the absent— our poor rebelliuusi son : whom 
Heaven forgive and bless?" 

** What, master," said Denys, lowering his voice, " Itath 
he not writ to you ? hath he not told you of me, Denys of 
Burgundy ? " 

" He hath writ, but three lines, and named not Denys of 
Burgundy, nor any stranger." 

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;; W h/.t, ,1,. 1. not ,„„r ^«rfth, .rl tU«, f 
Wl...,.l..m-? -.n'r,,l,„,ry.,u.'' 
Why, M«r(rii,pt Hwiull." 

..:^",r. ;!.;:"•-• ■,r':=,„'*„-ru>r 
r™' • " ""• --"'■"--'.' !!.:':'::«;; !.:rj 

.,» loth «t n., ; .':>;: nt'^'pj,;;^; \2 '■"■""•'-; H,. 

.he Hhi.,e= Th. i,T;r Hk- d/r.,:d Vii'" 'f ^ "; 

But jii,l when all was f„ir ^d I w.. . "'"!.""' •»"■' h'W- 

'"" t 'r^'' r r ^ «--■ ''^"•■. -ru ''ji.artn':?'^ 
;co^ contort u„^„v^^ ,x "Mi::i„"i,ir ""' 

fhmk no more of Home. Make for Rl, n, .„! x ""' 



"•Soldier, lake my hand," sni,| F.Ii "(I™! i.i,,. „ , 
I'i"- th,.e ! and hi, lip .inivered. '' """'■ 



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Oithprine did not answer at uti, but sIm' ilarteil iVom tlip 
rotiiii iiiiii \m\i Muriel brin^ tin- Ijesl that wjis in thf lious.-, 
Htid nturiifd with wood in ImjIIi arms, and heajied the Hn*, 
and took Mill a snow-white cloth from tht- press, and was 
goin^ ill a ^rent linrry to lay it for Cieranl's friend, whtn 
sudilenlj she sat down and all thf: power ebhtd rapidly out 
of her b<Kly. 

" Father ! " cried Kate, whose eye was as quick as litr 
affection. 

Oenys started up: but Eli waved hhii Iwck and fluni? .» little 
water shtirply in his wife's face. Ihis did her instant ^mkI. 
She gasped, " So sudden. My poor boy ! " 
Eli whisperet' Denys, "Take no notice' she thinks of tiiin 
night and day."' 

They pretended not to observe her, and she sh(H>k it oH, 
and bustled and laid the cloth with her own hands; but as 
she smoothed it, her bunds trembled and a tear or two stole 
down her cheeks. 

They could not make enough of Uenys. They stuffed liim, 
and crammed him; and then gathered round him and ke|)t 
filling his glass in turn, while by that genial blaw of fire antl 
ruby wine and eager eyes he told all that I have related, ami 
a vast number of mim>r details, which an artist, however niiuute, 
omits. 

But hnw different the eCeet on my readers and on this small 
circle. To them the interest was already made before the first 
woni came from his \\\». It was all alxiut (ierard, and he. wlm 
sat there telling it them, was wann from (jeranl and an actor 
with him in all these scenes. 

The Hesh and blood around that fire quivered i -wit 
severed member, hearing its struggles and perils. 

I shall ask my readers t" recall to memory all they can ot 
Gerard's jouniey with Denys, and in their mind's eye ti» see 
those very matters told by his comrade to an exile's fath-r, 
all stoie outside, all father within, and to two jioor women. 
un exile's mother and a sister, who were all love .niil pitv 
and tender anxiety liotli outside and in. Nott- would vcu 
mind closing this book for a minute and making an eniirt 
to realise all this.' It will save us so much repetition. 

Then you will not be surprised wlien I tell >ou tinl aJUr 
M winle (liles came sotllv and curird himself up befnn' the 
fire, and lay gazing at the speaker with a reverence almost 
canine; and Uiat. when the rough soldier had uncoiiseioiisl* 
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too much danger the finml. f» , "'"■""" <^"'""^ ««» in 
poor imie SsgJS so h- '.';.' "■'""•■■ "'' "«"■• 

jou ,h,>ll he„r how we wond thZ^ ' H l^ ""'' ' ''"' 
»nd I at h.nd, would 1 be "live ™ * "^ '"^ ".isoarried, 

lihine, and sinking Tej^, '!"*', PP™"""}' into the 

pressure all the Hme An 1 ''"'"•"•"''■•■ "■•■ter: under 

sicir.:; F£lS.^r^'"™■ 
1" sil >low„ nuietly. ^ ' "'' ""otioned them 
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Denys it wm who seemcil discomposnl. He knitted his 
hv>iwi 'irf eyed them thouKhtfully and ratlier ploomily. Then 
tiirnetl tc v iitiieriije. 

" Wliul s«y you, dome ? the rest to-morrow ; for I am «onnv 
what weary, and it waxes late." 

"So be it," said Eli. 

But when Denys rose to go to his inn, he was instantly stopped 
by Catherine. 

" And think you to lie from this house ? Gernrds room has 
lieen got ready for you hours agone ; the sheets 111 not say 
much for, seeing I spun the flax and wove the web." 

"Then wiiidd I lie in them blindfold," was the gallant reply. 
"Ah, dame, our poor Gerard was the one for fine linen. He 
roulil hinlly forgive the honest Germans their coarse flax, anil 
whene'er my traitor^ of countrymen did amiss, a would excu.*? 
them, saying, ' Well, well : bonnes toiles sont en Bourgogiu : 
that means, • there be ^ood lenten cloths in Burgimdy.' But 
indeed he beat all for bywords and cleanliness." 

" Oh, Eli I Eli ! doth not our son come liack to us at each 
word ? " 

"Ay. Buss me. my poor Kate. You and I know all that 
passeth in each other's hearts this night. None other can, 
but God. " 



CHAPTER XLIX 

Denvs took an opportunity next day and told mother ami 
daughter the rest, excusing himself characteristically for not 
letting Comelis and Sybranill hear of it. 

" It is not for me to blacken them ; they come of a gooit 
stock. But Gerartl looks on them as no friends of his in this 
matter; and I'm Gerald's comrade; and it is a rule with us 
soldiers not to tell the enemy aught— but lies. " 

Catherine sighed, but made no answer. 

Tlie adventures he related cost them a tumult of ngitntiun 
and grief, and sore they wept at the parting of the fiien.i 
which even now Df-nys could not tell without faltering. "■-' 
at last all merged in the jovful hope and expectation of Gcrarf 
speedy return. In this Denys confidently shared; but remimlid 
them that »h« no reason why he should neglect his frii nil ■ 
wishes and last woni? In fact, should (ierard return mxl 
week, and no Margaret to be found, what sort of figure houlil 
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THE CLOISIER AND THE HEAHTH 

H?r,li T' A **'' °°°y" S^^'y- " That *c »h.ll «e ■• 

"Th«t IS sense," s»id Catherine 
Kyck' """ ™""^ "" "'' S0".« fin-t t„ the damoiselle V«, 

turn n/Jh^K j' «"*?«. *" *■" """ i"'"^'. 5" Catherine i„ a 
.urn .^^ the h„,d, made her^lf one shade neater, and u^i. Z^ 

-rhen 1 can ^id Hei.ht Hevnes, showing herself in the 
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.,So yon :..i.r becu he«k«,«« aU tfc. time, ch > ' 

■■ "Whal nr- "ly e«R f'»-. "•'""Tl; „, ,u,, „i^om on thi» iUm 

"Tru^ Well, throw o» thr uffh! ol thj wisnom 

„„d.ratyou»ittinMth..-,«t™dmR^ _^^^^, , 

-M.trry, come "p .""l tne ^^^ f^,,j ,, 

nearly a' red ns the servant s. >o tw»i, 
irirt away." ^i^ , ,,| „f irreethig gav. 

«'..Y.,u,lia your »h.re,m- ;-• J^j^"' ,^ f„^,j «;,, ,„ 

vol. her la.st lime she can,, . I hn-K > ^^^^^^ , 

■,„,t,.. it and she ,M "--l -.■ ,, .•\' t* 1, ri„r„in« up your 
my luiml "'"'Ut |)anili;i« ot jcni, »v ) 
nose at her." . _ ^ shaped Uk.- your- 

" I did uDt luni up my nose, n l~ 

forlookinjtiicaveu-.ird." ^^„t, lor thai 

.,Oh, » "- •;;r-"s;"J'H'i^"':J into the Ultchen to me. 
matter. Toor soul snc "" , |^ ^^^ ,„ hv 

M „„ not to be panned "»"■, '"'j:;," what she did mean 
eyes. She snid no mor<-. But 1 knew wc" 
I had seen yi " ,, . ., | j^ eimfess so much. 

„Well," said ^"""^ J'-^^j;,"' Know that these youu« 
and I make y.m H«- >" 'l« • fT^™ ^^ads, but are most apt 
girls can do nothing ol the.r """ ""j^ ' ^ „ Ger.nl 

S .ni„,;oking aught their -'eethearts do^ ^^ ^.^^ „,, „,, 
is reasonably hau,l> a. u,.,y •^•-«»;,.;'^,, » ^^ f;. ,,„,„, a,„l 
the Ukmunators cr.m. ^.'^ M« gn ^^^_^^,^ ^_^^ _^,^^^^ 

„ patient o„e : what "'"^^ ' ' l" ''"t.^^, 1 despise at heart 
and ek<- a lover lo ape. /-/"*„; J„,i,l Ix- nnal. 

'"^'^^ " !d^.r"beeles ;:;;:• si^- l. the petty eratl. 
asii^rn,;:, and Ir.t, »< " '^ fniered, imprisoned, and uiau. 
o/^-ntin^ ''■'■'/""T'; ..eh .'littleness of books, ;u..l 
little, l)ody and s„„l, 'o m.-tch tl l ^^ ^„.^^., 

'". '" *T'\.:i'v;'hrthr^:.r'^;™^; wou,d bring me i,« 

n.les U-. all, an.l » en tn p< dewberries, and lad;. 

thorn ieave,. and 1.1ns, a"U ■ . ^.^,„^^ ,,,,^1, 

hirds, -«l,«';;''?i^^"t;prn ', tn".«t, and withallu.; 
k^ ,„ HI I. .1^ --1 „„.j „„ hundred, or an hun.lm! 
diurnal book. slu.w.i,;j snc luu. , ..inffiiliv Mage, ciTt.~ 

„d fif.y, or two handred hour, < . ;,;f „ ^f ,„i ^f labour, 
Twas wroth that an ""j"-'';^^,, ' ■,;,:'''t,,g L^ on Na-ar. - 

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IHK MC.ISTKH AM) TIIK HKAKTH 

..Sovmi :,-i l>^"i hfiTkenmi: "11 til" tim,-, .-1,' ' 

.. ,•; ", « . li, Ihrow ,.s th.- h^hl or tl>v w,.l..r„ ,m • 1 

,n th,, /.^.m ..t,, n...-. y..'ll im. l"; («" '■•"■ ""■ 

--ie4:,"':;r'%-"i.:;r\^r":i.«,w....i.,,.._ 

1 .1,.. v^i-.nt^ ■' *^> f.*"^ ' ;tr'ivt ri.' k 

in-artv a^ r^il "" t"' set -.vni - 

•■■■■ 'rt:!;'',;"^":'''!^.,.,/^!':;'.:" i.."'-^^ 

■ 1 di<l tv.l. l.in, -p n.y -.'r-r. It i. ....I ^l.»P"' 

t'ur lookmu i-.«niii» .r.r , 

■ Oh -*; ....r ...... .-< '••'"■« ""■• "■'.,..,. 

.„.,... l'.".r V.I.I. Shv 'li.l .■.""■ M"" "" ;■''"" 

f!' Ln," k„>, a„,ht .h.ir ,«,..hc.r.s ,1,.. V- you. 
„ r.^„,naWv h»:..l> .i a.....y 'I..'".-. .'..' ""'"f -" 

• h- ii.,.-,.-.;....- ■ .-r.tt ^...' ^'"'^""■' ''■■-■ '^ ■^^ „ 
. t.v .1 U.. jn«. .rf ••: ■•I"'' »"'""'' "7"''' 

./.,ptln.. „.,4 ,ri„tm.. u,.i .■ |<■;'-■■-'^;;»'l■""■•,v'•,; 
;.„., ., i.!l. .....I »lHi. Hf !>".'• vffl.h «.mW t,r,u 

,T,'.;, ,.,. ..,.' nii.-. .>'«' ">■ »■"' .l'*-'""''-'- 

, , -. ,;■.ib^, .Mid ..I i!..- snn.i '.' N... 

17 , . -he hid l«"f '■. '.mmlrrfl. i.r . 

';.;,:. > ,„ ,.„ ir«i ii..t.. "^■•- ■ '-h ^wi'*.- !'■■ 

tr..i,, lH-.,t^ ...... t- p.,-.", .ma .... Iv...- . letter 



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howeh, I ,|i,| ,K.rf„rce rrslrain, wid „ it were, d«in i.,v htlter 
edm«, .„<1 l„,M kmdly „, ,he „„rk ,„ s .. how nf'X 
Ik- Mlered: .,,,1 «,i,| |, -sith Me.vcn lop our ,im K 

l„rf h ^ .u ' •*'""• '""itUnK 'uch small fry «. «int. 

df, h.L i- h her -the Br.pe, I saw." wlking «bro«l, 

rtitl h. i« , the .ir, not ,licl< ii, „ wall ; and even the» 
meets, quo' , ..nrt v.t„„ ^^ ,„„,,. „ener»l Ij „^ 
Iheir „„,,„„, live, wedge.1 mi,er.blv i„ metal pi^ 1™' 
«.e« ■„ honey-pol, „,d «l„e-p„t», Iml do er.w r Zver «t 
l-ree, ,„,e,ti„R ,ir,- -Ah! ,ny dear friend, J. he," I ,ee 

J;r.v„'rh:t.''™;':me:'htih'-r ''— -'-'^-' --h 

"Then ,.ho«e I, to shade her fruit H„rf reptile, » col„u,. 

rf ':Uri„'"""Ti ''"' IT ^'""'"y *° 'hat m„';„tm„%^„nd 
of gUnng K"1<1; and in Hve miuutes out eaine ;• bunch of 

Srr'bJu'rfl'""' t'V"^/"""' ''- i" your'moutir 
mewise a butterfly ffrub she had so tnilv presented a« mi»hl 

" Did she now : " 

^:i^:,i:^t^'' "'"^™' "'■■^»' '-'■«'-« -' >-' <- 

MarRaret Vm, Eyck stared at him; and then smiled She 
went on to tell them how fron. step to step sh^ h«l 1^™ 
ied on to prom.se to resume the a-t she ha.1 aid aside with ^ 

.'^re^wuh Mar""'.",""''' I";' *" •"""' 'he MadonL onei 
more-with MarRaret for mo.lel. Incidentally she even re- 

^df ° wr r T"'' '"■"r"''- " 'hy h'ir i» a,l„n.bK" 
saidl Why, lis red, quo' she. " Ay," quoth I, ■' but what 

a red. ,„,w brown: how glossy! n.^V hair is , ot worTl, ' 
I , ' '" ^"^T'-'- I*"'™ 'h<^ "rtisfs very hue. But h^ 
uolK tyes, wh.ch s,„„ck of earth, being now languid f"r lack 

I e'sTw 1? M ft 7V'"" "' ?*"•'" ,'■"'•" "• 'h' ^'^ <:^n.-^. 
these wdl I l,ft to heaven in rtxe.1 and holy meditation and 

i s"o'n' "^"■'' ■';;"' f^^^ '""'"■hat aspire^hat w.y(thCh 

"lel/e'-thy-eMn''"""'^' ""' ' "^'»- » '^•'- ""' '--'at 

C:t^tr!z:::" ' '"""' ' *""' ""^ """ —■ ^ ^« »- 

■lis a resolute ehin. Not a jot too resolute for this 
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wk'kol world ; hul whrll ye conic li. 
Toil." 

" Well 1 nevpr. A renoliiU chiiL' 

Dmiii. •• The ilBrlhi)- ! " , , . 

"And now ioni<-. the mb. When yon told me she w.s 
the »ay «hc i>, it ((i.vp n.r <. .li«k ; 1 .hoppMl my lm.»h.v 

\V,« 1 RoinR to li,m « Kirl, thai c dn I kerp her lover at .. 

disUmie, into th.- \ ir^ln Mary, al my thur "f !■ ' ■' > 1"" 
the- i««)r niin.v still Km I "'I""' ""<■ '>'"«'' '-^'y- ,,r"> 
ynn, a painter muvl 1...1 U- peevish in «u. h mutter, i; "ill, 
most iiainters arc men; and men arc line Icllnwi. Fhcy can 
do uunht. Iheir saints and MrRins nc neither more nor less 
than tllciv Icmiins siivinu volir presence. Mill know that loi 
this very rc..»..n half Iheir crnli is l<«l "ii mc which hral 
iKne.ith their liiigrU white Willi's Ihc vcn lr..no|)s I haw 
seen Haunting il on the street.. l»-.icwclle<l like I'.yiiiin idols. 

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and put on Tike the queens in a pjn 



I cards. And 1 ain 

not a die feiluw. hut only ■• woman, anil r.iy l»iilltill(J is Iml 
one half cr.ill. and folher h.df devotion So now you may 
read me. Fwas foolish, i.iavlic but I .-..iild nol help n ; 
vet am I snrrv " And the "Id lady ended despondently a 
iliseiMirse which she had commenced in a mighty clehalU 

°"\vell yoii know, dame," oliserved Catherine, "you must 

think it w.uiM go to the I r girls heart, and she s.. lonil 

of ye?"' 

.Maruaret Van Kyck only sij-hed. 

The Frisian (!irl, after hitinit her lips Impatiently a littir 
while, tumini! uia.n Catherine. 'Why, dame. Ihuik y.m 
twas lor that alone Margaret and Peter hath left hevenber^en : 
Nav.' 

• I iir what tisc, then?" , . i 

•■ >Vhat else- Wliv, because (ierards people sliRht her mi 
cruel Who wouUl bide ainonjj hard-hearted I'olk that li« driver 
her la.1 f Italy, ami now he is (-one, relent not, but taee it out, 
and ne'er conic anit;li her that is left ? " 

•• Heiehl. 1 wa»Koiii)j." . ,. , i 

•<()h. ay, ;;oiii):, »nd ^oin^, and ({oinK. ■> c should lia saul 
less or else done more. But with y.iur wonls you did uplitt her 
heart and let it down wi' your deeds. 'Ihey have never 
been,' said the poor thinK to me, with such a sikIi. Ay, here ,s 
one can feel for her : lor 1 to., .-uu far fmm my fnends, and oRcn, 
when first 1 came to II..l!.md, 1 did used to *<'•"■'' hearty cry 
all to mvself Rut ten miuulfs liever would 1 be Keicht 
Heynes with nought but the leagues atwceu me and all 



niK (fOISTKH ANI> TIIK nKAHIII 
met, noMghl l,„| „„Cli..,l . L '*"- ""r""" V""r (IciL r', 

chii/. b...„i„,"*;,rh hTr"..':,„v"' "^ """f""- »■ >•■»"• "•""■= 

Kyck had been .,rli|„| by the .Hack >„ 1, 7 . ., ^"^ ^■"' 

»U1 come thither, a Cinri,^., ,. • ',"•'";"■' "'""' ''"^"'"'■ 
iMniher; «„d whenever I if .... '•'"".' '"^' " '""' =""' 

■■ >!" 'nore than that .I.h.I," said the \\m Eyck loftilv " <>h 

i» neither m stre^s imr servant- i- ""^>'^"«"ly- "She 

Ih^ house, and there, :„ end > tr W^ , v^ " ''"•""«•='' 
■ne turn the sauey ba^Raie „« > ''"'• ''"* >" ""' '"='' 

<m^:.:^- ''''= "" '■^"'■" ■"■•'■ -■'' R"<^<". With v„t in- 

"Then hear me '■ said Denvs solemnly, 
.hir :;«:"„"£ "'""' '"" """«' •""»'-«'»- »d lastened 



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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAKTH 

"Av let >. h.-^r what the mm says," "Wl the hostev. 
" Men are fine fellows, with th -ir great hoarse voices. 

■^Mislress Reicht." said Denys, with p«.t ^V J";^ 
ceremony, indeed so great as to verge on the "^^^.j,^^; 
are turned off. If on a slight acquaintance I ""«W a^v... 
I'd sav, since you are a servant no more, be a mistress, 

••""^i'ier said than done," replied Reicht bluntly 

" Not a lot You see here one who is a man, thougn uut 
half »: ar1,ie;trier. owing to that '^^^^-\^^^}^:r:Sl 

twain. .»iarr.»(so beautiful. Bood-hearted, and out- 

rporeranTa^ve r^y^ t^'the 'A of my she-comrad. 
"VtrwVaflif^rns Is thatrin,uired Reicht 

"1 mean, be the wife, mistress, and queen of Den.s ot 
Burgundy here present ! " 

ftdS"u^.tuXgh; and was followed hy a burst „, 

unreasonable indignation. 

Co/Aot«c. "Well, did you ever? _ 

Margaret. " Never in all my Inim days. 

'^;. :T:iz:zX^>>a ..^^ of this Hd,™. 

'°Hrre""57nys observed somewhat J^ly, that the fein.^ej. 

-Th^X^-:l^^:i^if^^:3 

fluent: on this the voices stopped, and the eyes turned p.voi 

'"'sheTikt'sly glance from under her lashes at her miliUry 
asiuai-r^d S,'" 1 me«, to take a go«l look at any man ere 

• Dr^drtrm'^elf up majestically. "Then look your ^11, 

"■TirprTp^'i led to a new and most "--I-f 'l -"I;- ,„i^ 
l„„<r white finger whs extended by the Van Eyck n a Ime 
Zi the speakers eye, and an agitated voice bade h.m stand, 
in the name of all the saints. iuspired-witli 

"You are beautiful, so," cned she. ' ^.™ "''/"Xt takeolf 
folly. What matters that? you are inspired. 1 must t»Ke 

your head." ^^^ 



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And in a moment she was at work with her pencil 
"Come out, hussy," she sercamed to Reichl ; "mote in 
front ot him, and keep the fool inspired and lieautitul. Oh, 
why had I not this maniae for ray gmxi centurion ? Thev 
went and brought me a bnite with a low forehead and a shape- 
less beard. ' 

Catherine stood and looked with utter .nnazement at thi, 
pantomime, and secretly resolved that her venerable hostess 
hart been a disifuised lunatic all this time, and was now husv 
throwmg off the mask. As for Reicht, she was unhappy „„d 
cross. She had left her caldron in a precarious state, aiid made 
no scruple to say so, and that duties so grave as hers left her no 
"time to waste a playing the statee and the tool all at one time." 
Her mistress in reply reminded her that it was possible to be 
mde and rebellious to one's poor, old, affectionate, desolate 
mistress, without being utterly heartless and savage ; and a 
trampler on arts. 

On this Reicht stopped, and pouted, and looked like a little 
basilisk at the insph-ed model who caused her woe. He 
retorted with unshaken admiration. The situaUon was at last 
dissolved by the artist's wrist becoming cramped from disuse ; 
sketch"" ""*' however, until she hiul miide a rough but noble 

"I can work no more at present," said she sorrowfully. 

"Then, now, mistress, I may go and miml mv [xit ? ' 

" Ay, ay, go to your pot ! And get into it, do ; you w.ll (in.l 

your soul in it : so then you will all be together. " 

"^l!}' *"''' R='cht," said Catherine, laughing, "she turned 
you off. 

"Boo, boo, boo!" said Reicht contemptuously. "When 
she wants to get rid of me, let her turn herself oU' ,iiul die 
I am sure she is old enough for't. liut take your time, mis- 
tress; if you are in no hurry, no more am 1. When that day 
doth come, 'twill take a man to dry my eyes ; and if you should 
be m the same mind then, soldier, you can sav so; and if you 
are not, why, 'twill be all one to Reicht Heynes". " 

And the plain speaker went her way. Rut her words did 
not tall to the ground. Neither of her female hearers could 
disguise from herself that this blunt girl, solitary herself, had 
probably read Margaret Brandt aright, and that she had gone 
away from Sevenbergcn broken-hearted. 

Catherine and Denys bade the Van Eyck adieu, and that 

same afternoon Denys set out on a wild goose chase. His plan 

like .ill great things, was simple. He should go to a hundred 

towns and viU^iges, and ask in each after an old physician with 

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THE CLOISTER AVO THE HEARTH 
, f»ir daughter, and an old lung-bow soldier. He »h»"ld inqmre 
*f the burgomasters about all new-comers, .""d ;''°^''/;;„ ' 
the founUtas and watch the women and gir.. as they can.e 

^td tr^^'"-nr«S■ was months and month, on the 

*"Z;X fhf chull^Ltt of friendship wa. ,n some degree 

'^'-STo"; wh'jtit at home bUndfolded by self-conceit, and think 

£\Si™^r^^::5nX:i^t=rof2 

and not for innocent tranquillity. „in,,.,„ lif. 

To this Denvs was no exception. His whole military He 
hJ b^en half -Sparta, half Capu.. And he -- " /"^^^ 
«Mer and too good a libertine to have ever mixed either 
h h» with the Sr But now for the first time he found 
Sreir"; °*I^- and yet on duty ; for he took t^ 
latter view of his wile goose chase, luckily, bo al tnese 
months he was a demi-Spa^n ; »ober, P^^enl «glant indom,. 
V.hl.. ■ and hannv though constantly disappointed, as mignt 
hS: beTn exp^cfed H*e flirted gigiiitically on the ««d ; bn 
t^edno time about it. Nor in 'h-e his^w^idenn^ d«l he tell 

as his poor comrade was ot Ixive. 



CHAPTER L 

£tiVr?hrc;r:Th^:Srgp:^^^r 

a-^Lst^lethre t SLpntht f^^^^ 
Ukdrin a week. And how should she tell him she had not 
even kent aTeye upon his oetrothedf Then there was the 

took a sickening torm. 

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if shr should h«vf gone and 



"Oil, Kate." she groaned, 
made henelf away ! " 

" Mother, she would never be so wicked." 

J'th\'^ '""' """ 'i""" ""' *'■«* """'y f""'" young losses 
be, that have no mothers to keep em straigM. They will 

S l-?'' u T° '"'7?'" f" « ™" "-at the nJ man 
lm\^ ? rt 'k'"' ™ °* '" « *"''■ ' '"'ve known 

em to jump m hke brass one moment and scream for help 

J. "f"'- ?"•'*" ''"''* "■«" »»"' "■inJ" ye see even 
.tout such a tnfle as yon. And then there's times when their 

..nd that stnnf^ up their feelings so, the patience, that belong, 
11. n" ° ''" '™^' ^y™** "» ""../souls birring an S^ 
Tev «> ^^"7 °".' "^ f" "' ""^ "■"■' ""d into the wate; 

.l\?^\. ^f^efore, I say that men are monsters," 

" Mother ! 

"Monsters, and no less, to go making such heaps o- canals 
just to temp the poor women in. They know Je shaU not 
cut our throats, hating the sight of blood and rating our skins 
a hante higher nor our lives; and as for hanging, while she 
TalterT '!•= "»" «nd a making of the nocTfhe has time 

„.„ w ^"it- ^"* * •'"™P '"'^ " "»■' '« no more than 
into bed; and the water it does all the lave, will ve, niU ye 
tthy, look at me the mother o' nine, wasn't I agog to mie 
a hole in our canal for the nonce ? " -» 8 '" "">e 

"Nay, mother, I'll never believe it of you " 

"Ye may though. Twa.s in the first year of our keeping 
house together. Eh hadnt found out my weak stitches then 
ZJ.1 s ™ «'%"'«de a rent, pulling contrariwise; had 
TvSf wh ? ,Ta "^/^e- 'o tell some gabbling fool like 
myself what I had no business to tell out o' doors except to 

l,l."l?%K .'u*" ™; "'"■ °'' '""■ P"-"ous canals in the 
way do they take us for teal.' Oh, how tempting it did 
look? Says I to myself, 'Sith he has let me g^ out of hfa 
door quarrelU^. he shall see me drowned next, and then he 

ut ir^f ""' l'^- "?,T*" ^^"^^' " e^ one, and I shSS 
ook down from heaven- (I forgot 1 should be in t'other part), 
and see him take on, and oh, but that will bo sweet !*^ 

wouldn't 'l t^T f"^ *°"« "' ""'y J"'* ""^ ' ""oaght I 
Mukta t. I had pit a new gown a making, for one thin£ and 
hard upon finished. Sol went home instead, and what v™^ 
Hi, fi„t word, -Let yon flea stick i' the wall, my lass,' m^ 

™ J J^T ^'^ ""*= >■'* """y """Is; I minded 

™, being the first quarrel. So I flung my arms aCt hS 

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„e<^ ^ ^bbe.. ^ bu, »^a -ukm : :;;;;;r;s' • plJ^.::; 

no colder to mc than 1 '' ,'"',h„„ IviiiB in the water; and 
.nd so then ''-' J'-.^^e .nd '^J ^"X^ ,hoo„-^.ld John 
rKJ ■:;':rhSt''rureU,to^ him kee^. the shop no.. 
''titTrKr lllfpe^-thlt MTr^ret .oved her father too much 

„• despair when .'''«. '^fY-f^i/.^Xni, than on hin> th.t is 
place more faith m .nni that is ""°"^'^ j^j ,■ (,„, ccrtes 
lipe for the grave, o ^«1> her out « nu.omc ^^^^^ .__^^_^^ 

: ^;7TtX r„ ttt:V, ana feedi.,. at „„r 

very veins." ^^, , , ,„other." She added, 

.-:l^SS;W|^£^--rno^-;:S 

by solemnly entreatmg h" ";"'J,f j^JJ^'j' 7t U» » ""^'ky, 
111 r^^sst^ t^Sa trf « heirras if there were not ,. 
'^Zf:^^^':^''^^ .-t — asonable. was met with 
"■?Zie you the emeUy to *;^ten -^ a^^^^, [ 
:rbeTor; S:i^:=tVrl%'Knee;ndseemyGer^^^ 
!r;:i^a, l"an a boy ? I tell thee 'tis alt settled. 

« How may that be? ^ dlieppomted i' the end, 

,;AX%r^ dfi'poU.;" ref^handTellin^ me it is no. 
to be a child, but only a Kirl. 

A„ these anxieties and if • »Xs'':wSS^"rh1:t t'co:' 
disrespect to the J^^^ 'o add aU «^ t"«»^''^^'j„^y,„t ,,, 
panied 'hem were^ shortly^ suspendai ^y^__^^^^ . 

so incongruous, 
more or less. 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAHTH 

It lookwl one aiiimni, a ceut.iur; biU on Mvero aiiilvsis 
proved two. Hie human Imlf w»» „,d|j- beilizeni-d with Ihmc 
two metals, to clothe his c«re«s« with which and line his pouch 
;nan lias now and then dispo-ed of his soul : still the hot4e was 
the vainer brute of the tin; he was fur worse l«flounced, 
hetonnetcl, and bemantled, than any fair lady reg„ante crinolinS. 
^or the man, under the colour of a warminR-pan, ret«ned 
Nature s outhne. But it was tulmudi eqmm I Scarce a penny- 
weight ol honest horse-flesh to lie seen. 

Our crinoline sjwres the noble parts of women, and makes 
hut the baser parts gigantic (why this preference ?1 ; but this 
poor unmial from stem to stem was swamped in finery His 
care were hid in j^at sheaths of white linen tipped with silver 
and blue His iKxly swaddle.1 in stilT gorgeous cloths descend- 
Mif! to the ground, except just in frcmt, where thev left him 
mom to mince His tail, though dear to inemorv,' no doubt, 
was lost to siRht, beinK tucked in heaven knows' how. Only 
his eye., shone out like goggles, through two holes pierced L, 
the wall of habenlashcry, and his little front hoofs Aeeped in 
and out like rata. "^ ' 

Yet did this compound, gorgeous and irrational, represent 
|«.wer;absolut. power: it came straight from a tourna- 
ment at the Dukes court, which being on a progress 
lay last night at a neighbouring town_to execute the behests 
ol royalty. 

" «.hat ho ! ■• cried the up,«r half, and on Kli emerging, with 
h.s wife behind him. saluted them. " Peace be with you good 
people. Hejoice ! I am come for your dwarf." 

Eli looked amazed, and said nothing. But Catherine screamed 
over his shoulder, "You h.ive mistook your road, good man: 
here abides no dwarf. 

"Nay, wife, he means our Giles, who is somewhat small of 
stature; why gainsay what gainsayed may not be>" 
Ihew'' tob^r"'' """ P***™'' """" '' he, and discourseth like 

slm'lv ''"""' '' ™""'' ^°^ """ ""'""'" ™'' Catherine 
"And prompt with his fists though at long odds " 

.orld^asthr?"'™''' ""^ ^'^ """*-' ''"'' ^^ '"''"' '" ''"'^ ' 
"Tis well said .lame Art as lea.ly with thy weapon as he; 
»rt his mother hkely. So bring him forth, and that presently, 
hee they lead a stunted mule for him. The Duke hath 
need ol hini, sore need ; we are clean out o' dwnrven and 
tiKcr-cats, which may lu.t te, whiles earth them yieldetli 






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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

Our iMl Imp "' <<<y "'""■'' »"ra''lf'* ''"»" ">' "''" ' "''"■'' 

' ""And think von 111 Irl my darling go to such an lll-(juided 
house M yon, ih-re the reckless trollop- of servants e use 
not the well mouth, but leave it open to trap mr.«-ent», liki- 

*The rei)rescnt»tive of autocracy lost patience at this .111- 
wonted opixjsition. and with stem look and voice bade lu 1 
bethink her wlutliei- it was the better of the two ; to have 
your al>ortion :,t court fed like a bishop and put on like ,, 
prince, or to liave all your heads stricken oft -md Ixirnc on 
Jx>les with the bellnmn cryinR, 'Behold tie heads of .lar.lv 
rebels, which hnvinK by gmxl luck a misbegotten son, dii 
traitorouslv n^df<= '"'" '" ""■ ""'"■• '"''° " ""' '"'" ♦""""''"' 
all his (M, little or mickle ? ' 

"Nnv" said Eli saiUy, "miscall us not. Wc be true folk, 
an-' oHilher rebels nor traitors. But tis sudden, and the ]vm 
lad is our true Hesh and blo.xl. anil hath of late given pioot ..I 
more sense than lieretofore." „ , , , ,. ^x. ■ 

"Avails not threatening our lives, whunjiereil Cathenm ; 
"we grudge him lot to the Uuke ; but ji sooth he cannot go; 
his linen is all in holes. So there is an end." 

But the male mind .-esisted this crusher. , , . „ , , 

"Thmk vou the Duke will not lind linen, and cloth of gold 
to i^t- None so brave, none so affected, at court, as our 

'"°How"iong the" dispute might have la.sted, before the imn 
arguments of despotism achieved the inevitable victory, I know 
not; but it was cut short by a party whom neither disputant 
had deigned to consult. , , . 1 . 1 1 

The bone of contentimi walked out of the house, and sided 
with monarchy. , 

" If my folk are nwd, 1 am not," lie roared. I 11 go wiin 
you, and on the instant." , 

At this Catherine set up a piteop c-y. She saw another ol 
her brood es-aping from under her wing into some unknowr. 

'^ GilMwas not quite insensible to her distress, so simple yet so 

'^''^Nay^'take"^" m. mother' Why, 'tis a godsend. And I 

am sick of this, ever since Gerald left it." ... , 

" Ah cruel Giles ! Should ye not rather say she is bereaved 

of Gerard : the more need of you to stay aside her and coiiitort 

"Oh I I am not going to Home Not such a fo, 1 sliali 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEAHTH 

in/*^.Tr.f:!;", "M'r: "s'^t^: r,.'".; ^r? ■t"-- 

thuik them for miibeneliin, i!f .fc '•>."« folk, uid 

hither hi, ^J"";,,'""'***"'"^ of thee; «,d-ho! yoQ-brto, 

it WM not just. '*'"' "»• """"(t '"ked the reuon, Mid 

n>uX'.Lri;'t'tie^i,'t:,'"„trdrVh''t'' ^' "-""^ '- 

^iXr.-lr.li:-; """■"^'^ -"■"-' He then 

.nJintX^^^i^^jUJx^r'LJ^'T rf"?""- t^"- 

Mf in the t4„ „n ho ," o ,„ whUe ; .u W .h*^ ^ *""''' 

"^c/iTel 'X-j;?' """ -- p'-"'' b.- nl^'d^rrht.^;-""'' 
..;;""r';.s^t';y:.:uf'h:tZ'L""'^ ""■ "- 

;:^ffi.d^r£!t3S"-— -^ 

atheHne threw he;:;^;,:e^T?/fr 
h-.il,^ "Forbe.r;f„T're'k^ketT" •" ""^ '^"""" '""' ""' 

.hi. Idow, !:.'."'■ nr?e.S'™„ I'lfT* I'-" ^'"^ "'""f 

™n"Ared 'rt'' un^/'"- j?"'"'' 'f' ">"»' ™n,edi,tely 

'l'..ani™aU,*fly,ettli"go'M™*'' '"'"' "^ ""P"c.ived by 

wniheago.S!I:;'/wSLme"'''" *"' """^ ""^ •"" "™ 
ond^T^.?*'""' ™"'^' "•""■"' •'"- ".. "nd bles» n.e. 



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THE CI-OrSIBK AND THK HF.AHTH 

!^e;rl.v^".^r':.rHirej::. -H";:Hi:; they «y .h, 

"7„f«!\{.e"r.1- .noun^^i the hi«h horse, .n,l »de .»,,v 
eoiL^nt^'wUhle «1,: h.nd l.yin, the .curt butter „„ 

•"'liTtle .^it.r dh,, of tw„ ,«or My fen»le» that .a. 

them, iocund and bold, 

Ingintes ■u.i.no» «..gu»to ^etore ver,.™. 

the truth. 

It is ail uniMpular thing. 

He made it an intolerable one. 

Bawled it 



CHAPTER U 

ii-'S's t^a-S-s rs.-iSsr. 

than any other compact written and w.tnessea. 



THE CLOISTER ANO THE HE \RTH 

.W.V. she ),atrd and d«pi«^ henwlf for the 

It Whiph hrntt »I..^.I I ... "'^ 



si«5^?'''''* -'^■^-"^•^'■i:^ .rir^'nX":^ 



P«iUve intelligence which rt^n^f ■"'■ '^ P'"'"' '""^' 
judpnent „f her «c« when llX' h "''^' '''"■■'«^'"«» the 

light of her c,. Id when T-m Wh '*'' P'T'™'"'=y. «"<! the 
to ..op .l.„de^u, ton,^e^? "I^i've Z °' * 1' "", *•"• 

Even barefaced slander attaclts her »> .> . ~ 4 j 
but here w«, .lander with tr „f tmth "tSTI "^""'"rj 
woman" had not vet b,pn > ?Ll j "/""treiK-niinded 

..e^elfMaVaMTe" '^ ' """""" -"■'" '■''re«eing 

B^^^tf^s.^:---*^-^-;^--.. 

■na sraw the pitch cominij nearer her and nnUr T^l ' 

mechanical repUe. J^^^VI^ llld'h"^^' ;Le^t* 
"d the old man wou d wonder what h.. h..I j . J' 



k I J 



Iffilll 






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£t ' S or wor,t enemy. Sh. w.itr.1 then in moklnK .nxje y 
toheuTO^rr. Nowordcmc. Sh,- K.vr up hope_ C^therin. 
!?M Mt ToTnit to IH- h.-r friend. Tlirn vi.e would «po.e hrr 
r« 1 G'^no .tmoR ...d kindly filing to b„l»n« the n.tur.l 

'°Th°enTw""^h,wi.h to flv fm-n thi, neiKhl-urhood ..eg.n 

JSferwAhlntoran .w.y fn.m hin, : »d .he felt that «ould 
te he"tem"t ve. And Jow between he, uneonlrolUble desire 
to fly.nd Wde,«nd her invincible «ver.lo„ to 'P'*!' out ^' » 
m.n even to hw father, ,he vibrated in . .u.pense full ot livel, 
JitT/.,- And oresently betwixt these two came in one day the 
fti"ho»«M "end «11!" Thing, foolishly worded are not 
SwaySh ; one of poor Catherines bugbearn, these numenx,. 

' t U tX knt^X'.e -ter side, and pray«l fervently 
to God to keep such wicked thoughts from her. 

"Oh! selfish wretch,'' «.id she, "to leave % fi-'her. * 
wicked wretch, to kill thy child, and make thy P<»' fward b« 
^1 his pain and peril undertaken for thy s.ght. 1 will tell father 

""t^d X't^nrhoriiSi'eager haste, lest her go<Ki resolut.oa 

%t.,TrtetdtS?t'Hr,earned Peter w.^^^^ 
child, and iJargaret, from the ago ot sixteen, had Rov^rned (h 



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THE CLOWTEF ANn THE HEABTH 

J«lher. I would ^.pc.k io th**r.' ^ 

"Speak on, girl," 

"Why. wh«t isih,' raattrr?" 
f *i f L "'f ""» 'uincr. turn your head awav I I 

•' h th.'.^n > T ""' '""' »"Y "'y """^ I--" 

u tnit all t Twin nil oversight." 

not tin;,'''-'""' "' " ""'' "'■""•• «'" -"« '» "« •' "» i 

Peter interrupted her. 

lue:;tCli."' ""■ '" ^™ ' ^'"«' "'" -"-"'y -- ^s 

"And meantime know ,„„ „,|„t j, c„„u„_>" 

„i..r^L I •""■ ^^"^ '- "'"" P"'" ">■" 'l<"Hi. N.v for 
pity » Mke turn away your head, father" ^' 

"Foolish wench !" muttered Peter, hut turned his head 

.,^i.k^^srtt---;'i^-- 

kil'lT!"' '" '/'^ '''""''"' "" "'^i' BeMxse-because-father 
.■;;=/A:^d"henVe"""' "'^l ^"'*'" ""..t'mewS 
Must, so this day. And then, when I am dead, I hone vou 
«.ll love your girl a^ain for her mothers sake " '^ ^ 

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"Give me thy hmd, nri.treM," Mid Peter, a little sternly 
She put it out to him tremblinR. He took it gently «.d beg«, 
with some anxiety in his &ce to feel her pulse 

"AIM, nay !" 8<iid she. "'Tis my soul th.t bums, not my 
body, with fever. I amnot, wUl not, bide m Sevenbergen. 
And she wrung her hands impatiently. , . , „ . „, 
"Be calm now," said the old man «K.thmgly, " nor tormen 
thyself for nought. Not bide in Sevenbergen ? What need 
to Me a day, i it ve«s thee, «.d put, thee in a fever: for 
fevered thou art, deny it not." ■ 1 1 f„ „, h,.nrp 

"What?" cried Margaret, "would you yield to gt hence, 
and-«ld a.k no reason but my longing to be gone i and 
suddenly throwing herself on her knees beside him, m j 
fcrfour of suppliitl™ she clutched his sleeve, and then his 
I™°and then hi, shoulder, wiule imploring him to qmt th 
place, and not ask her why. " Alas ! what need, it ? Yon will 
soon see it And I could never say it. I would Uever die. 

"Foolish child, who seeks thy girhsh secret, ? Is t 1, 
whose life hath been spent in searching Nature , ? And for 
leaving Sevenbergen, what is there to keep -le -n 't thee 
3ming? Is there respect for me here, or gratitude? Am 
MiTt yclept quacksalver by those that come not near me, and 
wS^rf by^thl I heal? And give ;-.,y not the gue-^™ ""J 
the honour they deny me to the empirics 'hat .»l||ught" them ? 
Besides, what is't to me where we wjoum ? Choose thou that, 
'"Si&tb™c':d°Mm''t::derly,and wept uponhis shoulder, 

letrsh:''w:^t, respited, she almost wished she -.d h«l 

''\rrwhUe"ng would content him but her taking » 
med cLnent he went ^d brought her. She took it subnuj- 
Bively, to please him. It was the least she could do. 1 
w« a comLing draught, and though "l^i-^terf^ under an 
Tmir andTcSmmon one, did her more good than harm: 
*™ iwoke calmed by a long sleep, and that very day began 

*NeS''w"ek'they went to Rotterdam, bag and baggage, and 
lodged above a tailors shop in the Brede-Kirk fetraet. 

Only one person in Tergou knew whither they were gone. 
The Burgomaster. 

He locked the information in his own breast. 
Se use he made of it ere long, my reader wiU not easily 
divine : for he did not divine it hinuelf. 
But time ivill show. 

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CHAPTER Ur 

Among stmngen. Margaret Brandt was comparatively happy. 
And soon . new and unexpected cause of content arose A 
CIVIC dignitary being ill, ,„,d fanciful in proportion, went from 
doctor to doctor; and having arrived at Deaths door, sent 

H, fln„ ■ K » .■■' "^rj' "J™ '''"^ "">' ?•"««» '<> nothing. 
He flung a battahon of bottles out of window, and left it open ; 
beat up yolks of eggs in neat Schiclani, and administered it 
m small doses: fol owed this up by meat stewed in red wine 
and water, shreddmg into both mild febrifugal herbs, that 
■l.d no harm. Fmally, his ,>aticnt got about again, looking 
.somethmg between a man and a pillow-case, and being a 
voluble d,gn.tary spread Peters fame in every street ; and 
that artist, who had long merited a reputation in vain, made 
one .p,dly by luck. Things looke<l bright. The old mans 
pnde was cheered at last, and his purse began to fill. He 
.pent much of his gain, however, in sovereign herbs and choice 
.1 iigs, and would have so invested them all, but Margaret 
white-mailed a part. The victory came too late. Its haoDv 
excitement was fatal. '^" 

One evening «i bidding her good-night, his voice seemed 
rather inarticulate. 

The next morning he was found speechless, and only just 

Margaret, who had been for years her fathers attentive 
pupil, saw at once that he had had a paralytic stroke But 
not Inistmg to herself, she ran for a doctor. One of those 
who, obstnicted by Peter, had not killed the civic dignitary 
"line, and cheerfully c-onfirmed her views. He was for bleed- 
ing the jwtient. She declined. •' He was always against 
blooding, .said she, "esperiaUy the old." Peter lived, but 
was never the same man ..gain. His memory becmie much 
attected, and of course he was not to be trusted to prescribe ■ 
«ud several patients had come, and one or two, that were 
bent on being cured by the new doctor and no other, awaited 
his convalescence. Misery stared her in the face. She resolved 
to go for advice and comfort to her cousin William Johnson, 
trom whom she had hitherto kept aloof out of pride and 
poverty. She found him and his servant sitting m the same 
room, and neither of them the better for liquor. Mastering 

m/S'" f "H'lJ"""' """= '5'™ ''" K'™«ng'- ™d presently 

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thiB glanced quietly at tht- servant by way of hint. The woman 
took it, but not as expected. 

"Ob, yon can speak before me, can she not, my old man ? 

At this famiUarity Margaret turned veiy red, and said— 

" I cry you mercy, mistress. I knew not my cousin bad 
fallen into the custom of this town. Well, I must Uke a fitter 
opportunity ; " and she rose to go. , ,^ . .. • i .1. 

"I wot not what ye mean by custom o the town, said the 
woman, bouncing up. "But this 1 know: lis the part of a 
faithful servant to keep her master from being preyed on by 
his beffgarly kin." ^ 

Margaret retorted : " Ye are too modest, mistress. Ye are no 
servant Your speech betrays you. Tis not till the ape hath 
mounted the tree that she shows her tail so plam. Nay, there 
sits the servant ; God help him ! And while s<f it is, fear not 
thou his kin wUl ever be so poor in spirit as come where tbe 
likes of you can (lout their dole." . 

And casting one look of mute reproach at her cousm for 
being so little of a man as to sit passive and silent all this time, 
she turned and went haughtily out; nor would sjie shed a 
single tear till she got home and thought of it. And now here 
were two men to be l«lged and fed by one pregnant girl : and 
another mouth coming into the world. ,. . , , 

But this last, though the most helpless ol all, was their best 

"Nature was strong in Margaret Brandt; that same nature 
which makes the brutes, the binls, and the insects, so cunning 
at providing food and shelter for their progeny yet to come. 

Stimulated by nature she sat and brooded ""^''T ,^V""!' 
thought, and thought, bow to be beforehand with destitution. 
Ay, though she had still five gold pieces left, she saw starvation 
coming with inevitable foot. 

He? sex, when, deviating from custom, it thinks with male 
intensity, thinks just as much to the purpose as we do. She 
rose, bade Martin move Peter to another room, made her own 
very neat and clem., polished the glass globe, and suspended .t 
from the ceiling, dusted the crocodile and nailed him to the 
outside wall ; and after duly instructing Martin, set him to 
play the lounging sentinel about the street door, and tell the 
croiodile-bitten that a great, and aged, and 1,-amed alehynnil 
abode there, who in his moments of recreation would some- 
times amuse himself by curing mortal diseases. 

Patients soon came, and were received by Margaret, and 
c^manded to see the leech. "That might not be. He was 
deep in his studies, searching for the grand elixir, and not 
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prince, could h.ve speech of him. They must tell her their 
symptoms and return in two hours." And oh! mv.s;,crious 
powers ! when they did return, the drug or draught wis always 
ready lor them. Sometimes, when it was a worshipful patient, 
she would carefully scan his face, and feeling both pulse and 
atln, as weU as hearing his storj', would go softly with it to 
mers room; and there think and ask herself how her father, 
whose system she had long quietly observed, would have treated 
the case. Then she would write an illegible scrawl with a 
cabalisUc letter, and bring it down reverentially, and show it 
the patient, and "Could he read that?" Then it would be 
either, < 1 am no reader," or, with admiration, " Nay, mistress 
nought can I make on't." 

,,";^y',''""™"- 'Tis sovereign. Look on thyself as cured ! " 
It she had the materials by her, and she was too good an 
economist not to favour somewhat those medicines she had 
in her own stock, she would sometimes let the patient see 
her compound it, often and anxiously consulting the sacred 
prescription lest great Science should suffer in her hands 
And so she would send them away relieved of cash, but with 
their pockets full of medicine, and minds full of faith, and 
Humbugged to their hearts' content. Fopulm mil dedpi. And 
»hen they were gone, she would take down two little boxes 
Cerard had made hcv; and on one of these she had written 
/o-rfojj, and on the other T<i-morrmr, and put the smaller coins 
into "To-day," and the larger into "To-morrow," along with such 
01 her gold pieces as had survived the journey from Sevenbergen, 
snd the expenses of housekeeping in a strange place. And so 
she met current expenses, and laid by for the rainy day she saw 
TOimnft, and mixed drugs with simples, and vice with virtue. 

On this last score her conscience pricked her sore, and 
after each days comedy, she knelt down and prayed God to 
forgive her "for the sake of her child." But lo and behold, 
jure after cure was ro|H)rted to her; so then her conscience 
iiegan to harden. Martin VVittcnhaagen had of late been a 
dead weight on her hands. Like most men who have endured 
Rreat hardships, he had stiffened rather suddenly. But though 
less supple, he was as strong as ever, and at his own pace 
could have carried the doctor herself round Rotterdam city. 
He carried her slops instead. 

In this new business he showed the qualities of a soldier ■ 
unreasoning obedience, punctuality, accuracy, despatch, and 
drunkenness. 

He fell among "good fellows;" the blackguards plied him 
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Doctor M.rg«et h«l ri«n v«y hiKh in «• e»Um.tion. All 
,hi7l^r.ndi,hiSg of « crocodile for %-'f°J'"'' .""^^"'"^ 
rfo«.d in .mbush, »nd getting nd of ^^°P»' "'J^^^ E 

"'whcn'rt'Ss'vel.tion had h«l time to leaven the ci^ his 
r,Jnert] D«tor Margaret, received a call from the constablea: 
Siev toik ^er. Trembling and begging subordinate machjr^ 

Vnvifc like the vei-y name ot " iJiw paraiy^ni .■>=• 
Sng questioned clSely, but ""' T.^'XT. Lti^^. 
been ugly, she told the truth; she had long been her fathers 
S, and had but followed his system and she had cured 
SZy; "and it is not for myself in very deed, «.^, but 1 have 
twoVoor helpless honest men «t home -.pon my hanc^s au 
how else can 1 keep them ? Ah, good 'm, let a poor gin 

fathers- ve cannot but see I have reason to ''"J'''. "^^ P™™' 
S^t f may;" and ere this wom.ns appea had left he 
^ps^he would' have given the world «» --'i^^^J^'Vdt 
«ith one hand upon her heart and one before her face moMng 
if, but not the tears that trickled underneath .t AU w^h 
w'ent to the wrong address. Perhaps a female tohif m,ght 
have yielded to such arguments, and b^dej^r practise med. 
cine, and break law, till such time as her child should 
--T^rtZ'^rlo do with that," said the burgomaster 
"«ive and except that if thou wilt pledge thyself to b^ 
the law no more, I will remit the impnsonment and CMct 

""ofth^'ooctor Margaret clasped her '-^s to^cthc. 
and vowed most penitently never, °7"' .-f^f' „^ "."S 
bodv or teast again; and being dismissed with the "Jonstab^ 
to pay the finef she turned at the door «id curtsied, poor 
soul, L\ thanked the gentlemen for their forbearance 

And to pay the fine the "To-morrow box must ^ oP^ned 
on the iSit; and with excess of caution «he had gone 
Ld nailed it up, that no slight temptation '"Jght Pre »^ 
to open it. And now she could not draw the nails, ana 

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the coiutables grew impRtient, and doubted its contents, and 
said, "Let us break it for you." But she would not let them. 
"Ye will break it worst than 1 shall." And she took a 
hammer, and struck too faintly, and lost all strength for a 
minute, and wept hystericnUy; and at last she broke it, and 
a little cry broke from her when it broke ; and sho paid the 
fine, and it took all her unlawful gains and two golil pieces 
to boot; and when the men were gone, she drew the broken 
pieces of the box, and what little money they hail left her, 
all together on the t-ible, and her arms went round them, 
and her rich hair escaped, and fell down all Iikisc, and she 
bowed her forehead on the wreck, and sobbed. " My love's 
1)01 it is broken, and my heart withal ; " and so remained. 

And Martin Wittenhaagen came in, and she could not lift her 
head, but sighed out to him what had befallen her, ending, 
" My love his box is bntken, and so mine heart is broken." 

And Martin was not so sad as wroth. Some traitor had 
betrayed him. What stony heart had told and brought her 
to this pass? Whoever it was should feel his arrow's point. 
The curious attitude in which he must deliver the shaft never 
occurred to him. 

"Idle chat I idle chat!" moaned Margaret, without lifting 
her brow from the table. "When ; .,j have slain all the 
gossips in this town, can we eat them ?' Tell me how to keep 
jou alJ, or prithee hold thy peace, and let the saints get 
leave to whisper me." Martin held his tongue, and cast 
imeasy glances at his defeated General. 

Towards evening she rose, and washed her face and did up 
her hair, and doggedly bade Martin take down the crocodile, 
and put out a basket instead. 

" I can get up linen better than they seem to do it in this 
street," said she, "and you must canj' it in the iMsket " 

" That will I for thy sake," said the soldier. 

" Good Martin ! forgive me that I spake shrewishly to thee." 

Even while they were talking came a male for advice. 
Margaret told it the mayor had interfered and forbidden her 
to sell drugs. " But," said she, " I will gladly iron and starch 
vour linen for you, and— I will come and fetch it from your 
liouse." 

"Are ye mad, young woman!" said tht lale. "I come 
for a leech, and ye proffer me a washerwoii .an ; " and it went 
out in dudgeon. 

"There is a stupid creature," said Margaret sadly. 

Presently came a female to tell the symptoms of her sick 
child. Margaret stopped it 

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"We »re forbidden by the bailiff to wll drop. But 1 wUi 
gUdly wash, iron, and sUrch your linen for you— and— I will 
come and fetch it from your house." 

"Oh, ay," said the female. "Well, 1 have »omc smocks 
«,d ruff. foul. Come for them: and when you <•"««'''■ 
you can look at the toy;" and it told her where it lived, 
and when its huslmnd would be out ; yet it was rather fond 
of its husband than not. . , ^ .u 

An introduction is an introduction. And two or .hrec 
patients out of all those who came and were deraed medicine 
made Doctor Margaret their wa.sherwoinan. 

" Now, Martin, you must help. Ml no more cats than can 

' " j^stoess, the stomach is not awanting for't, but the head- 
piece, worse luck." ^i. ^ ^ , 

"Oh I I mean not the starching and ironinc: that takes a 
woman and a handy one. But the bare washing; a man can 
surely conf.ive that. Why, a mule has wit enough ins head 
to do't with his hoofs, an' ye could drive him into the tub. 
Come, off doublet, and try." , , , .. ... r 

" I am your man," said the brave old soldier, stopping tor 
the unwonted toil. "I'll risk my arm in soapsuds, an you 
will risk your glory." 

" My what?" ^, 

" Your glory and honour as a — washerwoman. 

"Gramercy! if you are man enough to bring me halt 
washed linen t' iron, I am woman enough to fling t back i 

A^d TO the brave girl and the brave soldier worked with 
n will, and kept the wolf from the door. More they could 
not do. Margaret had repaired the « To-morrow box, and 
as she leaned over the glue, her tears mixed with it, and 
she cemented her exiled lover's box with them, at which a 
smile is allowable, )ut an intelligent smile tipped with pity, 
please, and not the e.upty guffaw of the nineteenth century 
jackass, burlesquing Bibles, and making fun of all things 
except fun. But when mended it stood unreplenished. Ihey 
kept the weekly rent paid, and the pot boiling, but no 

Aiid now came a concatenation. Recommended from one 
to another, Margaret washed for the mayor. And bringing 
home the clean linen one day she heard in the kitchen tnst 
his worships onlv daughter was stricken with disease, ana 
not hke to live. Poor Margaret could not help cross-question- 
ine, and a female servant gave her such of the symptoms «s 

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»he h*d olMtrved. But they wete too genenl. However 
one Rossip woulJ add one tact, and another another. And 
Mar/raret pondered them all. 

At U«t one day .he met the mayor hiniself. He reiognised 
lier directly. " Why, you are the unlicensed doctoi." 

"I was," Mid she, "but now I'm your worships washer- 
woman. '^ 

The ''limitary coloured, and said that was rather a come 
down. 

"Nay, 1 bear no malice ; for y,.ur worship might have been 
harder. Rather would I do you a ^ood turn. Sir, you have 
a sick dauf);hter. Let me sec her." 

Tlie mayor shook his head. " That cannot b«. The law I 
do enforce on others I may not break myself " 

Margaret opened her eyes. " Alack, sir. I seek no Buerdon 
now for cunng folk ; why, I am a washerwoman. I trow one 
may heal all the world, an' if one will but let the world starve 
one in return. 

"That is no more than just," said the mayor: he added, 
"an ye make no trade on't, there is no olfence." 

"Then let me see her" 

" What avails it ? The leamedst leeches in Rotterdam have 
all seen her, and bettered her nought. Her ill is inscrutable 
One skilled wight saith spleen ; another, liver ; another, blood ■ 
another, stomach; and another, that she is possessed; and in 
very truth, she seems to l-ave a demon ; shumielli all company • 
pineth alone; eateth no more victuals than might diet a' 
cjiarrow. Speaketh seldom, nor hearkens them that speak 
and weareth thinner and paler and nearer and nearer the 
grave, well-a-day." 

"Sir," said Margaret, "an' if you lake your velvet doublet 
to half-a-dozea of shops in Rotterdam, and speer is this fine 
or sorry velvet, and worth how much the ill, those six traders 
will eye it and feel it, and all be in one story to a letter And 
why? Because they know their trade. And your leeches are 
a.l m dilTerent stories. Why r Because they know not their 
trade. I have heard my father say each is enamoured of 
some one evil, and seeth it with his bat's eyn in cverv patient 
Had they stayed at home, and ne'er seen your daughter, 
they had answered all the same, spleen, blood, stomach, lungs 
lyer, lunacy, or as they call it possession. Let me see her. 
We are of a sex, and that is much." 

And when he still hesitated, "Saints of heaven ! ' cried she 
giving way to the irritabilitv of a breeding woman, "is this how' 
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In lifr amis ere this, ami rirricd me to the nick roolii." And 
two V iulet eyeH Hasht* tl lire. 
"Cuiiic with nil'," said the mayor hastily. 

" MistreM, I have brought thee a new doctor." 
The person addressed, a pale young girl of eighteen, gave a 
contemptuous wrench of her shoulder, and turned more de- 
cidedly to the fire she was sitting over. 

Margaret came softly and sat beside her. " But 'tis one that 
will not torment you." 

"A woman! ■ exclaimed the young lady, with surpriae and 
some iMintempt. 

'* Tell her your sympUrais." 
" What for ? you will be no wiser." 
" You will be none the wone." 

" W,;ll, I have no stomach for food, and no heart for anything 
Now cure me, and ga" 

" Patience awhile ! Your liw<l, is it tasteless like 'n your 
mouth ?" 

" Ay. How knew you that .'' " 

" Nay, I knew it not till you did tell me. 1 trow you would be 
better for a little good company." 

" I trow not. What is their silly chat l^ me ? ' 
Here Margaret requested the father .o leave them alone ; 
and in his absence put some practical questions. Then she 
reflected. 

" When you wake i' the morning you find yoursetf quiver, as 
one may say ? " 

" Nay. Ay. How knew vou that ?" 

" Shall I dose you, or shall I but tease you a bit with my 
•silly chat'?" 

" Which you will." 

" Then I will tell you a story, "fis about two true lovers." 
" 1 hate to hear of lovers," said the girl ; " neverthe- 
less canst tell me, 'twill be less nauseous than your physic- 
maybe." 

Margaret then told her a love story. The maiden was a sM 
called Ursel, and the youth one Conrad ; she an old physi. n's 
daughter, he the son of a hosier at Tergou. She told their 
adventures, their troubles, their sad condition. She to'.d it iioin 
the female point of view, and in a sweet and winning and 
earnest voice, that by degrees soon laid hold of this sullen 
heart, and held it breathless; and when she broke it off her 
patient was much disappointed. 

" Nay, nay, 1 must hear the end. I will hear it" 
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(krf/* """"'' '^ ' """"^ " "°'= ""'"■ ■""-»"■"> ""• but 

"Ah, your Untl wm . jewel of worth,' «..d the sirl 
esmettly. "Would the w^r here." * 

^1 (natead of her that In here ? " 

" I My not that ; " ami she Mushed a little 

" rou do but think it" 

"Thought is free. Whether or no, .„• ,he were here, I'd 
give her a bu««, poo- thing. ' 

"Then give it me, for 1 am she." 

"Nay, nay, that I'll be sworn y' are not" 

"S>ay not loi in very truth I am she. And prithee, weet 
mirtress^ go not from your word, but give me the bu^ yc 
[.ronused me, and with a g„o<l heart, tbr oh, my ow^ heart 
Hm heavy : heavy as thine, sweet mistress." 

Marga: t , neck .md kissed her. " I am woe for you," she 
"Im," ,r r " «"«',«'"'; y"" have done me ,^_ 
^ttle. (A gulp came in her th,«,t) "Come again iTme 

Margaret did come aMin, uid talked with her, and gentlv 
but keenly watched '^at topic interested he;,Zj'fouid 
there was but one. Then she said to the mayor, "1 Sw 
your daughters trouble, and 'tis curable." 

"WhatU't? the blood.'" 

■N V.' 

* '^jic stomjtch ? " 

"Nay." 

"TheUver?" 

"Nay." 

"The foul fiend f 

" Nay. " 

" What then ? " 

"Love." 

«Love.> stuff, impossible! She is but a child- she n.vr 
stirs abroad unguarded. She never hath fn.m a child " " 

^AU the better; then we shall not have far to look for 

"I trow not 1 shall but command her to teU me the 
Sons"™''' ' ''^ '""^' ""*' ensnared her y.,^ 

"Oh, how foolish be the wise!" said Margaret; "wbat 
would ye go and put her on her guard? Nay, let us wwk 

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M.r««t then with wiiie difficulty prev..lcd on the mayor 
to Ulir »dv.ntaKC of It, Mr,^ Sntutl.y, .ml m «U hi. ,«-o,.le 
their salaries in hU .laughter, pretence and hers. 

It "as .lone; «.n.e fifteen people entered the room .ml 
receiNC.; their p«v with a kind word from their emp oyer. 
Then Margaret; who l«.l sat clo« to the patient all the 
time, rose tnd went ont. The mayor followed her. 

" Sir, how ™11 you yon lilack-haired lad ? 

"That is IMrirh, my ilerk." 

"Well then, 'lU he." ,.t . . •• 

" Now Heaven forbid ! a lad I took out of the streets. 

"Well, but your worship Is «n understanding man. Ion 
took him not up without some merit of his .> " 

"Merit? not a jot I 1 liked the looks of the l.rsl. that 

"'"w,» that m. merit! He plea.e.1 the father's eye. .\„,1 
now he hath pleased the daughters. That has ott iM-en se.i, 
since Adam." 

".rhcLlTr tand'ia^nd with my Soger did lightly tnud, her 
wrist- and when the others .an.e and went, twa« as II .log* 
and »ts had fared In and ..ut. Hut at tl..» I Inch » oo.n.n|, 

she Id sink l>a<k ind sigh: and 'twas to be seen the sun ha. 
gine out ..f the room for her. Nay, burgomaster, look no or 
me w scare : : no witch or magician 1. but a ;H>or gir I ... 
tath^^^ cile, and so bette^l herself by » great neglect..,! 
^eeh'Tart and learning. 1 tell ye all this h..th been . m.c 
Se .housands of years ere we were torn. Now b.de tho,, 
Shcrrt.ll 1 come to thee, an.l prithee, prithee, spo. not go.« 
work wr me.ldling." She then went back and a.sked her pat.c.l 
for a lock of her hair. 

" Take it, ■ said she, more listlessly than ever. 

■• Why, tis a lass ..f n.ari.le. How l..ng <lo you eoimt to la- 
like that, mistress ? " 

"Till I am in my grave, sweet PeggJ-. 

"Who knows? maybe in ten minutes you will be altogelhe. 

"she ran into the shop, but speedily retun.ed to the ..>a.v..r 
"^^news! He fancies h.r and .«...;<• than a little Now 
how is't to be? Will you man,- your child, or bury her, I.. 
th^re 1. no thir-l way, <■- .l-.ame a,«l love they do rend l.cr 

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without ..truwie; and with it. iiuirlu on hii f«.r lie .ccoin. 
|»mied M«wr.t i„ hi. iUugl.lcr. Hut „ men .ro ..Jdo.n in 
.hurry to clrink theli wormwo.«l, be >tood .ilent. Su Doct..r 
**"*'"' ••'^ 'li«rlully, " MiitrMs vour Imk i. Ronr; I have 

" And who WM M. tnul at to huy nuch > thins ? " iiiouirfd tlie 
jouun l«dy Morofully. ^ 

Llriih'"* '''"'''"''"'"' '"*'•"' •'' "'■ite t«th. They etil him 
The pale face reddened direrlly— brow and nil 
"S«y. he, 'Oh, ,weet mslrew. give it me.' I had told them 
Jl whr* twa». -Na s.Ud I, ■M-lling l>, my liveliho«l. no, 
giving. So he offere., ,ne thi«, l,e otTered me thnt, but nought 
!e«» iirouid I take than his next quortcTs wages. ' 
"Cniel," munnured the girl, seurcc audibly 

' Why, you are in lal, with your father. Says he to me 

when I tohl him, . Oh, an' he lovei h.r hair «, well, "li' ,Sd 
but he love, the re,t of her. Well,' „.v,ll, he. ' „» an hn„e,t 
Ud, and a shall have her, glen she wll' but leave her sulks and 

Llrich, O' buried i the kirkyard ? " 

"Father! lather!' 

" Til so, girl, speek th • mind." 

"'-*"'-°'«yr"'J' f'^her-in all thing.," stunmered the 
f""'ipr}\*P>'>S '••rd to maintain the advantageous position 
in whieh Margaret had placed her. But nature, and the jov 
«nd surprise, were too strong even for a virgin's baiKfol 
ciinnmg. She cast an eloquent look on them l>otll, and sank 
»l her ftthers knees, and begged his pardon, with many sobs 
lor having doubted his tenderness. 

He raised her in his arms, and took her, radiant through 
her tears with joy, and returning life, and filial love, to his 
breast ; and the pair passed a truly Mcre<l moment, and the 
dignitary was as happy a. he thought to be miserable : so hard 
IS It for mortals to foresee. And they looked round for Margaret 
out she had stolen away softly. 

The young girl searched the house for her 

"Where U she hid ? Where on earth is she ? " 

I,- . ,?"u.l!i*^ *'■>■,' " ''" "*■• ''™''<'' <l'es,ing meat for 

l..r two old chddren, and crying bitterly the while at the Uving 

picture of happiness she had just created. 

"Well-a-day, the odds between her lot and mine: well-a dayi" 

Next time she met the dignitary he hemm'd ami hawed, 

»d remarked what a pity It was tfce Uw forb«Je him to pav 

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" Howpvfr, whrii all l« ilonr, 'Iwm no» nrt, ".w«« liut wom«ii'« 

""Neuglit Ih.1 th«l, bur)t<.m»t.r," Miid Mmmret Wllrrl.v 
" P»v the in<ii rf «rt for not <iiriii(j hrr f nil the guenlon I 
.«k, llinl curwl li.r, 1« Ihl. : go iM.t «ml g've your foul linrii 
■wny from iiic liy tiny of lh«nk«." 

•• Why shimlil 1 ? " Inqulrr il hr. 

"M.iry, Iwcaune thrrr Im> fool, uliout yf will tell yc -hr 
lh«t hath wit lo I'ure lUrk illm-aM!'., minnol have wit to take 
ihrt out o- ru«» : »o pledgr nif your fiillli." 

I'he illgnltarj |.roiiil»«l i»ni"lnH«ly. niul felt all the |iatmii. 

SomethlliK niu.t h<- .lone to till " IV-morrow. " box. She 
hawke.1 iii-r Initial littrr. ami her illuminated vellums nil 
about the town. Hriiitlng liail by lhl« time dealt callgraphv 
In black and white a terrible blow in Hollan.1 and Oernian; 
But «nne ropier of the printed books were u-uaily illlimlnatr.! 
and lctlere<l. Tlie printen. oHcted Margaret pric« for work 
In tlieae two kinds. 

" I'll think on't," said she. , , . , .1, . .1. 

She took down her diurnal book, and ealeuUte.1 that the 
uriee of an hourn work on those arts would be alwul or.i- 
lifth what ahe got for an hour at the tub and mangle. 

"Ill starve first," said she; "what, pay a eraft and :i 
mystery five times less than a handicraft ! " 

Martin, carrying the dty clothes-baaket, got treated, and 
drunk. This time he babbled her whole story. The girls 
got bold of it and gllied her at the fountain. 

All she had pme through was light to her, compared w.tl. 
the pins and biKikins her own sex drove into her heart, whMi- 
ever she came near the merry crew with her pitcher, aid that 
was e\ery day. Each sex has its form of cruelty ; man s is 
more brutal and terrible ; but sluillow women, that have neither 
read nor sulfen-d, have an unmuscular barliarity of their own 
(where no feeling of sex steps In to (iverpowerit). 

This defect, intellectual [wrhaps rather than moral, has been 
mitigated in our day by books, especially by able work, of 
fiction; for there are twr ro«ls to that highest effort ot i.itr- 
ligence. Pity— Kxiierience of sorrows, and Imagination, by whifli 
alone we realise the grief we never felt. . , , . 

In the fifteenth century girls with pitchers had but one- 
Experience; and at sixteen ycaw of age or so, that nm. I1.1.I 
sea™ been trodden, lliese giris ,«-rsisted that Margaret ..^ 
deserted by her lover. And to lie il.-sertcd was a cnnie. 
[They bad not been deserted yet.) Not a word against tbt 



THP. CU)ISTEH AND THR HEARTH 

he, b«k».r.l« „„i forw.^i, "„,,": '^'"•■!; "•>' Ulk«l .1 
("■or Aguwhwk «y, • '""' '*"<>'"->i on tl„- „rt./ „ 

Jc^tic^L"^?, 7„«„'r:7.c' ",T7i= """ '" >-"" 

.. h« own ,y„ ,„.„„, „,tc;:tefv'"*"^"'"' •"■"' 

Ik- w h«Rl on hrr ^ '"''rj' •"■ «'"y would not 

with well-fei^ed, lo;., uZr -Thfv ll "?""' "'"' '-'•'•• 

But onr d»y, when hrr L-.^ PP"" "»'"'"'■■ 
'to«» to female In her ™n<ffin '"",' *"''• »» ''"PP«" 't 
-uil«..dmirably, that L^who r: " """ «»"»il...ts (Sowed 

- ';'«Wms^'h,r!ani,h. £h"r"1''.K"' "" •''»P"'»«' 
■ilently at .ach tmh ,M, ^' ""'' """ *""' "-g*" to 

;/».:; '•'s:'z.r.';:;;tir:^.^^^^^^^^^ 

tonpje-,hot, till her young trranJ's „,, 'i " ''°°' •"" "f 
•nd they p,ne ; and the" otI^ " , „? u 'if'^ »T •» fiU'd. 
^he waited so Ions th«; tl^^Z ■ . ''*'"- ^"^ one d«y 
"-'next day ,he SJoW^^ Zt ul TT' '° "'"'■ ^^ 
K" drj . *™ '° '"" "i« plialaiix. or lier house 

She drew near slowlv, but »iH. tl.. 1 . 
» ™n a, the well Ulkm; ,: ,„> H^/'"T;' f,""' ^''^ »» 
""fnt.cn, and besides, tliev wonM 1, ?"''' •""">' their 

I'-t if only t„ b,i„<, ,,; ^'^2 ;- "--P their f„„l t^^„ 

This conjecturo thnn.l. .■ ■ "' <^n""«cter. 

"". all flirt^ ^"r'th'atlV-.'.r'j'Thrrr ^'^y -"""' 
"•^selves by talking „ he, X i erv L ""'"l"" ""''■""•■fied 

■Any news f™n, iLi.^.Xj.lPZlf-''^ "'"' "^ 

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•' None for me, Martha. My lad goes no further from me 
than the town wall." 

" 1 can't say ais much," says a third. , , . , .u 

" But if he goes f lUly I have got another ready to take the 

'"" He'li""ot go thither, lass. They go not so far tUl they are 
sick of us that bide in Holland." 

Surprise and indignation, and the presence of a man, gave 
Margaret a moment's fighting courage. 

"Oh, flout me not, and show your ill-nature before the verj- 
soldier. In Heaven's name, what ill did I ever to ye ? whit 
harsh word cast back, for all you have flung on me, a desolate 
stranger in your cruel town, that ye flout me for my bereavement 
and mv poor lads most unwilling banishment? Hearts of flesh 
would'surely pity us both, for that ye cist in my teeth these 
many days, ye brows of brass, ye bosoms ot stone. 

They stared at this novelty, resistance; and ere they oou ,1 
recover and make mincemeat of her, she put her pitcher quietly 
down, and threw her coarse a won over her head, and stood 
there grieving, her short-lived spirit oozing fast. 

" Hallo ! " cried the soldier, " why, what is your ill ? 
She made no reply. But a little girl, who had long secrell; 
hated the big ones, squeaked out— , , . 

"They did flout her, they re aye floutmg her; she may i.tt 
come nigh the fountain fo. sar o' them, and tis a blaik 
shame." 

" Who spoke to her ? Not 1 for one. 
" Nor I I would not bemean myself so far. 
The man laughed heartily at this display of dignity. " Come, 
wife," said he, "never lower thy flag to such light skirmishers 
as these. Hast a tongue i' thy head as well as they. 

" Alack, go<Ml soldier, I was not bred to bandy foul terms. 
"Well but hast a better arm than these. Why not take 
'em by 'two across thy knee, and skelp 'em HU they en 

"™i^,*i would not hurt their bodies for all their cniel 

'"Then v" must e'en laugl' at them, wife. What! a woman 
grown, and not see why mesdames give tongue? Vou are .i 
buiom wife ; they are a bundle of thread-papers. \oa are fair 
and fresh ; they have all the Dutch rim under their bright eyes, 
that comes of dwelling in eternal swamps. TTiere lies your 
crime. Come, gie me thy pitcher, and if they flout me, 
Shalt see me scrub 'em all wi' my beard till they squeak hoi; 

mother." 

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shouS^"" ^^ '"'"">'' ■"•"^ -"'"•■■ He P«tt«J h« on the 
SlS'^'r'T**' ''""'! '^'■^ • *•"= *'«" i« dead ! ' 

.Th^/;X'Jr£t„^/-t^tr.zsx°in^ 

;uth emoUon, and two beaoiinir eves in ftnnt V.f T j 
hands held out clasped """"'"8 '>" '" »"■" ^-f h™, and two 

"Sen^s™^' "' """«■"'" ""* ''^ ^■"'•-'"'""'"■■edly, mistaking. 

" Why^ ods bodikin, ! I know you not, ai.d you ki.ow me " 
divelllS''^'^""- ^"»""-' -earflLZrerThe 

w^°^rit,ilL«rr^:l-d-l^-if^^ 

J/" "= "y "™»e, said she quickly. * '^ 

Margaret Brandt" 
" Gerard ? Where is he > Is he in Ufe > U he well > I. h. 

hemTl«.tr '"i'^ '^' *"" '^'^'"8 *""> h« ffl ki^d 

£Xrwt^iZurthats'«;::?5,:ot^ 
KKr^i^:n«s:ir^rrr-'°H 

cKH^SSEr----Se^s- 

»« hTmrfore^rse:^'''' '"^' '^"'- ''"" '^^^^^ ' -»" 
They went off together, followed by a chorus. 

Hoofh^TS^" " "■""■ S''^ >>- sot*™ " ■»«. at h»t 
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CHAPTER Un 

The reader already knows how much these two had to tell 
OM Mother. It was a sweet yet bitter day for Margaret 
since it brought her a true Iriend, wul ill news: or now hr,t 
she learned that Gerard was all alone in that strange land. 
She could not think with Denys that he would come home; 
indeed he would have arrived before this. j j 

Ucnys was a balm. He called ber his she-comiade, and 
was always cheering her up with his formula and hilant.es. 
and she petted him and made much ot him and teeblv 
hectored it over him as well as over Martin, and would not 
let him eat a single meal out of her house, and forbade him 
to use nauffhty wordn. i. i j 

« U spoils you, Denys. ChxI lack, to hear such ugly words 
come forth so comely a head: forbear, or I shall be angry: 

"" Whereupon Denys was upon his good behaviour, and ludi- 
crous the struggle between his native politeness and his acquired 
rXan" m. And as it never rains but it pours, other persons 
now solicited Margaret's friendship. u 1 1. l..t». 

She had written to Margaret Van Eyck a humble letter 
telling her she knew she was no longer the avounte she liad 
been, and would keep her distance; but could not forget her 
benefactress's past kindness. She then told her briefly how 
nSiy way , she had battled for a living and in condusio,,, 
bejed imestly that her residence might not be iKtrayed, 
"S of all to'his people. I do hate them, they dmve hin, 
from me. And even when he was gone, the r hearts timed 
„"t to me as they would an' if they had repented their cruelty 

*°-r™' Van Evck was perplexed. At last she made a con- 
fidante of Reicht. The'seiret mn through Reicht, as though 
a cvlinder, to Catherine. i i-u.* 

"Ay, akd is she turned that bitter against us? said that 
»ood woman. "She stole our son from us, and now she hate. 
rfor not running into her arms. Natheless it is ,. blessuig 
she is alive ami no farther away than Rotterdam. 

The English princess, now Countess Charolms made a statelj 
progresfthrough the northern states -^f the duchy, :;eeompa„ied 
Z Ser stepdaughter the young heiress „f Burgundy, Mane d. 
Eteurgogne Then the old Duke, the most magnificent pr.nte 
to Spe! put out his splendour. Troops of dazzlmg kmghts, 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

and bevies of lair ladies gorgeously attired, attended the two 
princesses; and minstrels, jongleurs, or story-tellers, hards 
rausicians, actors, tumblers followed in the trsin; and there 
was fencmg, dancing, and joy in every town they shone on. 
Cnles, a court favourite, sent a Umcly message to Tergou, in- 
viting all his people to meet the pageant a( aottcrdam. 

Ihey agreed to take a holiday for once in a way, and settine 
their married daughter to keep the shop, came to Hotterdani 
But to two of them, not the great lolk, but little GUes, was 
the main attraction. 

They had been in Rotterdam some days, when Dcnys met 
Catherine ^ddentally i„ the street, and dter a warm greetVng 
on both sides, bade her rejoice, for he had found the she- 
comrade, and crow«l; but Catherine cooled l.im by showing 

„,',?.! »T '"'J*"" "i^ *""" ^^^ '■'»'"'' her by staying 
qmetly at Tergou, than by vagabondising it all over Hollind 
'nd being found, what the better are we? her heart is 
bci- dead against us now." 

'Oh, let that flea stick; come you with me to her 

No, she would not go where she was sure of an ill 
welcome. 

"Them that come unbidden sit unseated. ' 

No, let Denys be mediator, and bring the parties to a 
good Mndersta.Klmg. He undertook the office at once, and 
™''J[reat jiomp and confidence. He trotted oil' to Margaret 

" She-comrade, I met this day a friend of thine " 
"Thou didst look into the Rotter then, and see thyself" 
"Nay, twas a female, and one that .seeks thy regard : 'twas 

tathenne, Gerard's mother." 
"Oh, w,« it?" said Margaret; "then yon may tell her 

she comes too late. There was a time I longed and lonired 

for her; but she held aloof in my hour of most need so now 

we will be as we ha lieen." 

Denys tried to shake this resolution. He coaxed her, but 

uTi. ""'„'"" """'="■ ""'' ""' '" '^ <^<«'«»l. Then he 
scolded her well ; then, at that she went into hysterics 
„«■ k' '""' Wghtened at this result of his clo<,uence, and being 
off his guard, allowed himself to be entrapped into a solemn 
promise never to recur to the subject. He went b. ck to 
Uthenne crestfallen, and told her. .She fired up and told the 
family how his overtures had been received. Then they fi-od 
up; It became a feud and burned fiercer every day Little 
l^te alone made some excuses for Margaret. 
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The verj' next day another visitor cnim-. to Margaret, and 
found the military enslaveil and deRradcrt, Martin up to his 
elbows in ..oapBuds, and Ucnjs ii-onfaig very clumsily, and 
Margaret plaiting rufl's, but witn a mistress's eye on her raw 
levies. To the§e there entered an old man, venerable at hrst 
sight, but on nearer view keen and wizened. 

"Ah," cried Margaret. Then swiftly turned her bmclt on 
him and hid her face with invincible repugnance. "Oh, that 
man ! that man ! " 

" Nay, fear me not," sai<" Cihysbrecht ; " 1 come on a tnend s 
errand. I bring ye a letter from foreign |)arts." 

"Mock me not, old man," and she turned slowly round. 

" Nay, see ; " and he held out an enormous letter. 

Margaret darted on it, and held it with trembling hands 
and glistening eyes. It was Oerards handwriting. 

" Oh, thank you, sir, bless you for this. I forgive you all 
the ill you ever wrought me." 

And she pressed the letter to her bosom with one baud, 
and elided swiftlv from the room with it. 

As she did not come back, Ghysbrecht went away, but uot 
without a scowl at Martin. Margaret was hours alone with her 
letter. 



CHAPTER LIV 

When she came down again she was a changed woman. Her 
eyes were wet, but calm, and all her bitteme. , and excitement 
charmed away. , 

" Denys," said she soflly, " 1 have got my oiders. 1 am 
to read my lover's letter to his folk." 

" Ye will never do that ? " 

"Ay, will I." 

"I see there is something in the letter has softened ye 
towards them." . , ,. ^ j lu ii 

" Not a jot, Denys, not a jot. But an 1 hated them lilie 
poison I would not disobey my love. Denys, 'tis so sweet to 
obey, and sweetest of all to obey one who is far, far away, 
and cannot enforce my duty, but must trust my love tor my 
obedience. Ah, Gerard, my darling, at hand I might have 
slighted thy commands, misUking thy folk as I have cause to 
do ; but now, didst bid me go into the raging sea and read 
thy sweet letter to the sharks, there I'd go. Therefore, Denys, 
teU his mother I have got a letter, and if she and hers would 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

li.ar it, I ni„ their serrant; let them «y their hour «i»l Ml 

..eat them as best 1 can. a„d weleome them^ a, be,t I may ' ' " 

Dcnys went off to ratherine with this irood ,™> h, 

M- "^ ^^"' '" "■' "■"''' "f ""« joy this ™„Ve"i; 

nereell yoii are to choose your own time.' ' 

asked cliheri^ ''"' 'n'"^ 'u"^ "' """' '•" "^d but horr" 

"Nay, but. mother," objected little Kate; -mavhan shr 

" Wh^Jh^nl^"." '■""l'",!'- '■«■'•' *« loves'him JS"^'' 
What, thinks she we shall steal it ? " 

Comelis suggested that she would fain wedge herself into 
the lamUy by means of this letter * 

. W^h^rt*'" '''^'' f ''"T "" ""^ ''«'*"■ "Th-re spoke 
nJ^n ni,' ^'f ^'- ^ oamarade hates you all liki- 
poison. Oh, misUke me not, dame; I defend her not h,,f 
«" ^.»; yet maugre her spleen at L worf from Ge^' .'T' 
proffers to read you his letter with her o»" prettv^outh 
and hath a voice like honey-sure 'tis a fair proffe?." ^ ""' 

lis so, mme honest soldier," said the father of the family 
"and merits a civil rejily, therefore hold your whisht ve thS be 
«omen and I shall answer her. Tell her ' his fether setti,^' 

f ?^« , t T^t "l""^"' ''^ ''" »«•■«' "'y s>ons letter by thv 

wm fhen-^'ht' "'"'^ :"' '/?'" '" l"^ «^^'' ""^ Wo5 an; 
n r ?, wu" ™ 'T'-'' ""'' <i"thlully return, as I am Eli a 
D.-nch a Willmm a Luke, free burgher of Tergou Uke mv 
forbears, and hke them, a man of my word " ^ ^ 

" Ay, and a man who is better than his wori," cried Catherine • 
"the only one I ever did foregather." <=" iJ"ucnne, 

" Hold thy peace, wife." 

Dews'* ""Trel'™'"' '^i'' " i'i™' " '=^'^^' " '-•ho^e."* ^'-o-t"! 
I'enys. The she-comrade will be right glad to obev GeranI 
and yet not face you all, whom she hastes fs wor^^S, ivW 
cmr presence. Bless ye, the world hath changed, sh4 is ,n 
^raission toHlay: 'Obedience is honey," quoth she and ^n 

ZL: " ^^""7' ''''/ '"""'" •'"' -voir,Ling so littfe on't 
kir what with her fair face, and her mellow tongue • and what 

w teher"" "". 'f ■?♦>",'« ,-. """ be soldie^ to" del an' 
we thwart her; and what wi' chiding us one while, and petting 

* Angli», a TUor-em-bob. 

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na like Umbs f other, she hath madt t»o of the crawhngest 
slaves ever you saw out of two honest swashbucklers. 1 be the 
ironing rulKan, t' other washes." 

"What next?" ^ , . , t „ 

"What next' why, whenever the brat is in the world I shall 
rock cradle, and liithtr knuve will wash tucker iinil bib. So, 
then, I'll Ko (etch the letter on the insUnt. Ve will let mu 
bide and hear it read, will ye not •' " 

" Else our hearts were black as coal," said ( athen'ie. 

So Uenys went for the Iftter. He came back crest- 
fallen. , . 

"She will no) lei it out of her hand ucilher to me nor yon, 
nor any he or shi; that lives." 

" 1 knew she would not," said Cornells. 

"Whisht! whisht!" said Kli, "and let Denys tell h.s 

" 'Nay,' said 1, • but be ruled by nie.' ' Not I,' quoth she 
'Well, but,' quolh I, 'that saine honey Obetlience ye siKiki 
of.' • You lire a fool,' says she i ' obedience to Gerard is swccl, 
but obedience to any other body, who ever said that wii^ 

" At last she seemed to soileii a bit, and did give me ;i 
written |>a|)er for vou, mademoiselle. Here 'tis." 

" For me ? " said little Kate, colouring. 

"Give that here ! " said Eli, and he scanned the writing, and 
said almost in a whisper, "These be wonls from the letter. 

Hearken I . . . , , r ^ 

■"And, sweetheart, an' if these lines should travel sate to 
thee, make thou trial of my [wople's hearts withal. Maybe 
they are somewhat turned towards me, behig tar away. II 
'tis so they will show it to thee, since now to me they may 
not Head, then, this letter! But 1 do strictly lorbid thee 
to let it from thy hand ; and if they still bold altof (turn 
thee, why, then say nought, but let them think me deail. 
Obey me in this; for, if thou dost disres|)ect my judgment 
and my will in this, thou lovest me not' 

There was a silence, and Gerard's words copied by Margaret 
were handed round and inspected. 

"Well," said Catherine, "that is another matter. But rae- 
thinks 'tis for her to come to us, not we to her. " 

" Alas, mother ! what odds does that make ? " 

"Much," said Eli. "Tell her we are over many to come 
to her, and bid her hither, the sooner the better." 

Wlien Denys was gone, Eli owned it was a bitter pill to hira. 

"When that lass shall cross my threshold, all the mischief 
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jind miwry ,he h»th nude here «iM ,eem to come iu «lnon, 
In one he.p. But what .-ouUI I do, wife? We ««/ he«T 
new, of Gen.nl. 1 „w .h«t h. thine eye,, and fcU it "n ™! 

beloved wn, and ik, „ ,he stroiiRtr than we, and brings our 
no«, dovjn to the Rrmd^tonc, the .\y, emel j«le. But ^.e'eJ 
heed. We w,ll hear the letter; and then let her go unbles"" 
«« »he came unwelcome." u"uic», en 

come'a^''!l^°"'■A^l°^'"''''•■^ ""'' '■""'"'»'■■ ■■«'"' "'" "•" 
come at all. Aral a tone of regret wa» visible. 

fml A ''.''^" ""*■"■'■ "''" '■"'' '■^'^n '•"•■'Iv expected, arrived 
SSd c^"tf P-e and dignified in his burgher', ^b^id 
fffeHi™^^:i i ! '""*'' '^''' "'"' ""^ ««ived, not with 
affection only, but respect; for he had risen a step higher 
Uianhw parents, and ,uch steps were marked in medi* vL 
society almost as visibly as those in their staircases. 

thnulr f A 1°"'^, '" ""= '""""y ""'™il. he showed plainly 
^v h1^ h .''"'»''.rt=°"«'>. th»t his pride was deeply wounded 
by their havmg deigned to treat with Margaret BmSit. 

I see the temptatioi.," «.id he. " But which of us hath not 
at times to wish one way and do another > " 

!?.« "? f considerable chill over the old ,«ople. 

So httle Kate put in a word. 

coml" ""' "'^"'"' '"'''" "''''""'■ '"''"'" »y» »he will not 

hie"i",;:::.iS'S.s^'' ' '^^ -^ '^ ^"^ <"" « "-" 

"s^ '^i?^' 'J'PP^ '''' h^*"! "' a' the door, and said— 

She will be here at three on the great dial." 
they all looked at one another iu sUence. 



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CHAPTER I.V 

ill^nl; ,m'''""*'" "^"^ Catherine at last, "for Heaven's sake 

mtmLlll w1j;"'^*1"'=^ "=' "' "" hy the ears: hath she 
not made ill blood enough already > " 

her ^r'^ ^f" 'II'' I:*"!- ^^" "" ■«>'• B<«d -""ther. Let 
her come and read the letter of the poor boy she hath bv 

Sr to'^o^i;"''''''' ""'' ""=" '*=» ■'"«<'• f-' -^ -- 

str»7„J ?r ,■■ "" ™""t«n™<^<= heyond decent and con- 

L.?r^i,r"'"^^ ''^ r -""y '«"' heing in oar own house; 
•uiu 1 wiil say uo more. 

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On thin undrntiindinR Ihey awiiited the fat. Shr. tin licr 
|Mrt, prcp»red lor the interview in ■ spirit little leM lionlilr. 

When Dvnyh *^rought word thej would not come to her, 
but woti'cl receive Ker, her lip curled, and she bftdv him observe 
how in them every feeling, however anMll, wu Urger than thi 
love for Gerard. 

"Well," Mid «he, "I have not that excuse, no why mimii 
the pretty burgher's pride, the pride of all unlettered folk ? I 
will go to them for Gerard's take. Oh, how 1 loathe them ! " 

Thus poor good-natured Denys was bringllig into one house 
the materials of hu explosion. 

Margaret made her toilet in the same spirit that a knight 
of her day dressed for battle — he to parry blows, and she to 
parry glances — glances of contempt at her poverty, or of irouj 
at her extravagance. Her kirtle was of English cloth, dark 
blue, and her farthingale and hose of the same material, but 
a glossy roan, or claret colour. Not an inch of p^etentioll^ 
fur about her, but plain snowy linen wristbands, and curiously 
piaited linen from the bosom of the kirtle up to the commenrr 
ment of the throat ; it did not encircle her throat, but fnimvd 
it, being square, not round. Her front hair still peeped in 
two waves much afier the liiahian which Mary Queen of Scots 
revived a century later; but uistead of the silver net, which 
would have ill become her present condition, the rest of htr 
head was covered by a very small tight-fitting hood of darli 
blue cloth, hemmed with silver. Her shoes were red ; but the 
roan petticoat and hose prepared the spectator's mind foi the 
shook, and they set off the arched instep and shapely foot. 

Beauty knew its business then as now. 

And with all this she kept her enemies waiting, though it 
was three by the dial. 

At last she started, attended by her he-cororode. And 
when they were half-way, she stopped and said thoughtfully, 
" Denys!" 

" Well, she-general ? " 

*' 1 must go home " (piteously). 

" What, have ye lefl somewhat behind ? " 

"Ay." 

"What.'" 

" My courage. Oh ! oh ! oh ! " 

" Nay, nay, be brave, she-general. I shall be with you." 

" Ay, but wilt, keep close to me when I be there ? " 

Denys promise<I, and she resumed her march, but gingerly. 

Meantime they were all asaemoled, and waiting for her 
with a strange mixture of feeUngs. 
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Ifii« ,n h.-t;; .-i-Tj fc lil'i!. llii*c\rr ^nnll, »•'*. lirtfrr tl 
l<.>r ,..- l.riinl. 

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»!!' i(n >ii lli.m fur (ipm'-il'- sflkt. Clb. li'nv 1 !<Mflu' iti*. 

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thf mntrrmU .)(■ ..r pKftilMnii 

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liir hIxjuI ht-r. l.iil pUIn -i.ov y liiu •. wrullMiiils, «nil > 1. 
|il.iili il linen fr.ui In. Iio^om ol tn- kirllt- np In Ih.^ .I'ln ■ ■ 
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Mortification, cunositj-, panting affection, aversion to her 

who canie to firatity those feelings, , -f a^othor curioMtv to 

see what she was ke, and what 'h, '■■ .- „■ >,.. . i ". u 

Gerarf and make so mich n>irh . " ^" '° ''""'''' 

is without"*"'^' """^ "'°"^' ""■* ' ^'"'•'^''' " ■'"'' -^ne-comrade 

sp^lkthJj^ui'V"'' '"'• '"''-' "''" "'y^- '*'>« 

They all t.,rne<l their eyes to the door in dead silence. 

A little miitterins "as heard outside ; Denyss roueh oriran 
.nid a woninns soft and mellow voice ^ '^ 

Presently « stopped; ,md then the door opened slowlv 
and Margaret irandt, dressed as I have described, and ome^ 

stiSU^ fefo';: her'" ■"' '"•''•^' ''"-' "" '"^ "'-^''"'"' '»^^>« 

They all rose hut Kate, and remained mute and staring 

se,t tl fl "i ,' ""^"■'^^='" ^*'' Eh gravely, and motioned to a 
seat that had been set apart for her 

She incline<l her hea,l, and crossed the apartment: and in 
iTuttTcr L™ r'"°" ""^ ^■^•'' ^'»""''- -' ™'>- '■■ "" ^'-P " 

itSherbe^fty"""' '"'^'' "" '" "• "'^""^ "-"^-t 

It softened the women somewhat. 

She took her letter out of her bosom, and kissed it as if 
he had been ahme ; then disposed herself to read it, with 
purpose. ""' " *"'" '■■' ™ "'^-^ '"' ""t -"S'e 

herself hke a leper. She looked at Denys, and putting h7r 
come by'her. '■ ''" "'''' "^'^ ''™ " ™'^ f"^'™ ■-"-"'« 

He went with an obedient start as if she had cried " March ' " 
and stood a her shoulder like a sentinel; but this zSlous 
manner of doing it revealed to the eom,Lrfv tl a he h^ 
been ordered thither ; and at that she coloured ' 

And now she began to read her Gerard, their Cferard, to 

tZ t^" .f"?;. '■" ? "'^"'"'' '"'t <^'«''- voice, so soft s^ 
earnest, so thrilUng, I.„ ver>- soul seemed to cling aboS 
each precious sound. It wa> a voice as of a u,„J.„' i 
set speaking by Heaven itself. " *'""''" " '^■" 

meet thJ'°.!i'r*' ,?""*"' ""y Margaret, that long ere this shall 
Tve ^^^.r'"' *'"*' °™5'"> '"V ""«' J™-- friend, will 
have sought thee out, and told thee the manner of our Tn 
looked for and most tearful parting. Therefore I wUl e>n 
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bejfin at that most doleful dav. What befell him after, poor 
faithful soul, fain, fain would" I hear, but may not. But 1 
pray for him clay and ni)(ht next after thee, dearest. Friend 
more stanch and loving had not David in .lonatlian, than I 
in him. Be good to him, for })oor Gerard's sake."' 

At these words, which came quite unexpectedly to him, 
Denys leaned his head on Margaret's high ihair and groaned 
aloud. 

She tunied i|uiek!y as she sat, and found his hand and 
pressed it. 

And so the sweelheart and the friend held hands while the 
sweetheart read. 

" I went forward all dizzied, like one in an ill dream ; and 
presently a gentleman came uji with his servants all on horse- 
hack, and had liked to have rid o er me. And he drew rein 
at the brow of the hill. and sent his armed ■nen back to rob me. 
They robbed me civilly enough ; and took my purse and 
the 'last copper, and rid' gaily away. 1 wandered stupid on, a 
friendless pauper." 

There was a general sigh, followed by an oath from Denys. 
" Presently a strange dimness e.-nne o'er me ; I lay down to 
sleep on the snow. "I'was ill done, and with store of wolves 
hard by. Had I loved thee as thou dost deserve, I had shown 
more manhood. But oh, sweet love, the drowsiness that did 
crawl o'er me desolate, and benumb me, was more than nature. 
And so I slept ; and but that Cod *as better to us, than I to 
thee or to myself, from that sleep I ne'er had waked ; so all do 
say. 1 hail slept an hour or two, as 1 suppose, but no more, 
wiien a hand did shake mo rudely. I awoke to my troubles. 
And there stood a servant girl in her holiday suit. ' Are ye 
mad,' quoth she, in seeming eholer, 'to sleep in snow, and 
under wolves noscn ? Art wear}- o' life, and not long weaned r 
Come, now," said she, more kindly, ' get up, like a good lad ; 
so 1 did rise up. • Are ye rich, or are ye poor ? ' But I 
stared at her as one amazed. ' Why, 'tis easy of reply,' quoth 
she. ■ Are ye rich, or are ye (X)or ? ' Then I gave a great, 
loud cry ; that -lie did start back. • Am I rich, or am 1 [loor > 
Had ye asked me an hour agone, I had said I am rich. But 
now I am so poor as sure earth beareth on her bosom none 
poorer. An hour jigone I was rich in a friend, rich in money, 
rich in hope .-md spirits of youth ; but now the Bastard o( 
Burgundy hath taken my friend, and another gentleman 
mv purse ; jnul I ean neither go forward to Rome nor back to 
lier 1 left in Holland. I am poorest of the poor.' • Alack ! ' 
said the wench. ' Natheless, an' ve had lieen rich ye might 



THE CI.OrSTI T) AND THE HEARTH 

The J"^'' -<™>S *""■ <^'"-led round my sick heart • aid Th«. 
heer. 1 should sup and iie there that night. And she «eS 

-au.:^:\,;'i;i,;™:!,:t^'„i;::;e"'-" -^ -""^^ '-- '- 
»^:^^.t;;!ii;;::^.'r;^.''-^ ^"-n. ^o.e.. 

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.She shook her hrad j-enfly at him, by w.j of reproof. 
" I belt pnnlon, all the company/ said he stiWy 
-Twasa »ore temptation; but b.in^ a servant my stomach 
mw aMinst it ' Nay, n.iv.' said 1. She told me 1 was wrong. 
Twas pride out o place poor folk should help one another; 
or who Jn earth would? ' 1 sa,d if I could do ought ,n re uru 
twere well ; hut for a free gift, nav 1 wa., overmuch beholden 
already. Should 1 write a letter for her t Nay, he .s m th< 
house at present; s.,id she. -Should draw her P-t-e. -'^ 
so earn mv moncv ? ' • « hat, can ye ! s«ul she. I told he. 1 
could trv'; and iler hal.it would well bec.ne a p.cture. So 
he w.s-aROK to he limned, ami sive it her lad And I set 

her to sta'nd'in a ^ooi light, and -'",, "■»'^« »''^'.;; J^^^"; 
whereof 1 se..d thee o..e, eolo..rcd at odd hours. The othe, 
I did most nastily, a.,d w.tl. little '""««"- ^'"Vhev ™o 
.nay Heaven forgive .ne ; hut time was short. .They, poo 
things, k.,ew ..o better, and were most proud a..d joyous, and 
«th^ kissing me after their country fashion, twas the lm.> 
that was her sweethe...t, they did bid n.e (.od-speed ; and 1 
towards the Rhine." , , i i • 

Margaret p...sed here, and gave Denys the coloured d>jaw,..(; 
to ha..d .-ound. It was eagerly examined by the females o 
account of the costume, winch cliftered .n so.ne ^--^I^^; l^""' 
that of a Dutch domestic; the hair wa.s ... a t.ght hnen bag 
a veUow h,.lf kerchief crossed her head from ear to ear, bu 
threw out a rectangular ,x,;nt that deseeded the centre ut 
her fo.-ehead, a..d it^uet in two .nore poh.ts over her boso., . 
She wore a re<l kirtle with long sleeves k.lted very I .gl 
front, and showing a gree.. farthi..gale and a grea red leatl. r 
nu^e hanging down over it; .ed stockings, yellow leathc . 
Thoes, ahead^f her age; f.r they were 'n--4»«rt^"''l ^^ 
square-toed, secured by a strap bueklh.g over the -n^t^P. j'" f^ 
was not uncommo.., a.,d was perhaps the rude germ of the 
diamond buckle to co.ne. 

Margaret contin..ed ; — , ^ , 

"But oh! how I missed my Denys at every step! often I 
sat down o,. the road and groaned. And >» the afternoon 
it chanced that 1 did so set me down. »hf " '"o .^ul me'. 
and with heavv head in ha..d, and heavy he|.rt, dul hmk « 
thee, inv poor sweetheart, and of my lost fnend, and of the 
UtaehoLe at Tergou, where they ,-.11 loved ...e once; though 
now it is turned to hate." 

Cathcrinr. " Alas ! that he will think so. 
Eli. "Whisht, wife!" . 

" \nd I did .gh loud, and often. And n.e s.gh.ng so, one 
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cnlt CMolltag like a bUd adown f othrr rc«d 'Av chlm 

could make . ™,n so lighthearted in this « ea^ wo W L J To 

c.ck"ng. *"■' *""' "™' ^J''™"'"' '""Khing and 

Margaret's eyes Hashed : she began t(. told the letter „„ 
"Nay, lass," said Eli, "heed him not 1 T^„,: '^' , 

our, off^r't but again and I put thce'To "he do.?"" """""""'^ 

to"tUk'"""'f;e"ri/' '"">';'''1,«\"'K ''e?' And I took myself 

K'f h^^i^tHnd^ £!:it;?n,x:ir zr ^^ 

... .^at,...,o„ erutehe, praising God's go«.nes, with^iLging hke 

Calhrrine. "There vou see.'' 

A'/i. " Whisht, dame, whisht ' " 

I' And whenever he saw me, he left carolling and prcsentlv 
hobbled up and chanted, 'Charitv for lov, ^f ul presenti) 
...aster, eharity,' with a whine as 'pftJo 7 L wi"d at™k'eyrre' 
Alaek, poor soul,' said I, .eharity is in my hear^T but not n v 
purse: 1 am poor as thou." Ihen he heli.v»,l ™. \ 

mmmmm 

J Oh i ejaculated Margaret's hearers in a body 
md „M ' T'"^ '"^ astounded, he laughed in my tice 
-d told „,e I was not worth gulling, and offered fne Ms 
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protection. ■ Mj !»<.-■ *»« prophetic/ he said. 'Of what?" 
Lid I. ' Marry,' said he, ' that its owner will sUrve in this 
thievish land.' Travel teaches e'en the young wisdom, lime 
was I had turned and fled this impostor as a pestilence ; but 
now 1 listened patiently to pick up crumbs of counsel. And 
well 1 did: for nature ami his adventurous lite had crammed 
the poor knave with slirewdness and knowledge of the 
homelier sort-a child was 1 beside him When he ha.1 
turned ine inside out, said he, -Didst well to leave France 
and make for (i. rinany ; but think not of Holland again. 
Nay, on to Augsburg and Numberg, the Paradise of cratls- 
m«, • thence to Venice, an' thou wilt. But thou wilt never 
bide in Italy nor any other lard, having once tasted the great 
Gennan .ities. Why, there is but one honest country in 
Europe, ami that is Germany; .ind since thou art honest, 
and since I am a vagabone. Germany was made (or us twain 
1 bade him niak.- that good: how might one countr>- ht true 
men and knaves' Why, thou novice,' said he, -because in 
an honest land are fewer knaves to bite the honest man and 
many honest men for the knave to bite. I was in luek, being 
honest, to have fallen in with a friendly sharp. Be my p-il, 
said he; - 1 go to Numberg; we will reach it »ith tull 
noaches. I'll learn ye the ciU de hois, and the cul de j„tU; 
knd liow to mauiid, and ehaunt, and patter, and to raise 
swellings, and paint sores and ulcers on thy iKxly w-ould take 
in the divell.' I told him, shivering, I'd liever die than shame 
myself and my folk so." 

Kit. " Gooil lad I good lail I " 

"Why, what shame was it for such as 1 to turn beggar. 
Beggary was an ancient ami most honourable mystery, \\hat 
did holy monks, and bishops, and kings, when they woukl 
win Heaven's smile.' why, wash the feet of beggars those 
favourites of the saints. -The saints were no fools, he told 
me Ihen he did put out his foot. - Ixiok at that, that wa» 
washed by the greatest king alive, Louis of France, the las 
Holy Thursday tliat was. And the next day, Friday, clapped 
in the stocks by the warden of a petty hamlet' So I told 
him my foot should walk between such high honour and siicli 
low disgrace, on the safe path of honesty, please God Well 
then, since I had not .spirit l.i beg, he would iiidu ge ray 
perversity. I should work under him, he be the head, I the 
Sngers. And with that he set himself up hke a judge, on . 
heap of dust by the road's side, and questioned me stnctty 
what I could do. I begun to say I was strong and willini;. 
' Bah 1 ' said he, - so is an ox. Say, what canst do that Sir 0.i 
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thee work; and take h.!.' «„, '" ""^ "'^ *"■> «•"' 

told him 1 knew but if ""^-^.v beggars up there. 

betted rt^th ''/™°™' ""• «>« faded -al ^e 

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WM « painter, and would revive her armories cheap ; but she 
sent me away with a rebuff. 1 to my master. He (jroannl. 
■ Ye are all fingers and no tongue,' said he ; 'I have made 
a scurvy liargaln. Come and hear mc patter and flatter' 
Between the two Inns was a high hetlge. He got Dehind 
it a minute and comes out a decent tradesman. We went on 
to the other inn, and then I heard him praise it so fu'-ome as 
the very wife did blush. 'But,' says he, 'there is oi,- little, 
little fault; your armories are dull and faded. Say but the 
word, and for a silver franc my apprentice here, the cunningest 
e'er I had, shall make them bright as ever.' Whilst she hesi- 
tated, the rogue tolil her he had dune it to a little inn haid 
by, and now the Inn's face was like the starry finnament. ' D ye 
hear that, my man ? ' cries she, • " The 'i'h«e Frogs " have 
been and painted up their armories ; shall " The Four Hedge- 
hogs " be outshone by them f ' So I painteil, and my master 
stood by like a lord, advising me how to do, and winking to 
me to heed him none, and I got a silver franc. And he took 
me back to ' The 'Fhree Frogs,' and on the way put me on .i 
beard and disguised me, and flattered ' The Three Frogs,' anil 
told them how he hail adorned 'The Four Hedgehogs,' anil 
into the net jumped the three poor simple frogs, and 1 earned 
another silver franc. Then we went on and he found his crutches, 
and sent me forward, and showed his cicalrii:es d'empnmt, as he 
called them, and all his infirmities, at ' The Four Hedgehogs,' 
and got both food and money. ' Come, share and share,' quoth 
he : so I gave him one franc. ' I have maile a good bargain,' 
said he. 'Art a master limner, but takest too much time.' 
So I let him know that in matters of honest craft things could 
not be done quick and well. ' Then do them quick,' quoth he. 
And he told me my name was Bon Bee ; and I might mil 
him Cul de Jatte, because that was his lay at our first meeting. 
And at the next town ray master, Cul de Jatte, bought me a 
psalterj-, and sat himself up again by the roadside in state like 
him that erst judged Marsyaa and Apollo, piping for vain glorj-. 
So I played a strain. ' IndiS'erent well, harmonious Bon Bee,' 
said he haughtily. 'Now tune thy pipes.' So I did sing a 
sweet strain the good monks taught me ; and singing it 
reminded poor Bon Bee. Gerard erst, of his young days and 
home, and brought the water to my een. But looking up, ray 
master's visage was as the face of a little l)oy whipt soundly, 
or sipping foulest medicine. 'Zounds, stop that belly-ache 
blether," quoth he, ' that will ne'er wile a stiver out o' peasanl-s' 
purses i 'twill but sour the nurses' milk, and gar the kine jump 
into rivers to be out of earshot on't. What, false knave, did 
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'-M^U^He^Z.^'^^'"'^,^ ■" "■""''•> ■>■ -y '"'ter end 
-Uve, a„d eke J • bs/ene « I drew """'' ^ '■'!'"''"'"<»" • 

So 1 bade^hi™ keep M, b™t 'To ' iSr'h'T^'.'i '""^ "''"'"-•' 
»l..me my folk Shli,,^nl\h n ^"' ''"'"'• "'""""Id I 
"■■Ikily, .fhe (.rst fire wfjht t* ♦h'""*'' , '''''"'' "y" '« 
the music box "so ■twilTm.k- ^ ">« ""J^lde, elap tliou on 
with your ™''* ""■■ "»' >""' for the nonce; but 

Good p«ple, let ui pe,], atul pine 

Cot tn.tful mug., .„d mmol ,„d wMne 

morougli our nonn clunti! dirine 

in ears stuffed I ' N„ „ "l7. ^ u! ? n.ghtmgale. Finger 
For Ob, MargarJ., not'^^.r':! •n,"a">r'„f''r,l,''|r..l'°ffneT'tli: 

-ds^n^'g'ZeTelrTh'ie'rf'h;:' Tj ^"' .'"' T'"'^'' "> "-' 
Cul de Jatti wot the thfng itedS" '' • st ' ""'j'? 7' '^' 
bairns unfinished work ' s^th t^^K i i T ""' '""'^ "■"■ 
'twas night, and a iSt t?.,, at hanri- '^""' ''>' ""^ '""« 
hi» inn;%br my master wouW n't y"id to'^t^ff v"' ''"'' '° 
otner ,ores till morning; nor 1 to enter -n"^ -^u "^"""^ 

■lemalion. So we vieri ,^Z.\ 1 " '"" *'"' * «»"ei^ 
And indeed, we sUinZed Xrt meet ' "".'' *' '^"P "' "'V" 
at eve, outside each tovfn weTay'at An*H "' T"" """ <?"•""« 
=nd cogiUting Bood thraJlft^^ . ™'"°R "' ""dnight 
myhe5w«*;&ieS"«'\''aT;,%''°™i\">«^' -^d sudden 

1*1 withstood thft^Sir of .hi K "'"'' """* •">' '""K"^' 
me takmg ol the burgomasters purse. 'Tis 

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theft,' Mid you ; -disgiiiJe it how ye will.' But I mu«t be wlwr 

th»n my bettera ; and now th»t which 1 h«l m good ■« •t"'en, 

othen had itolen from me. A« it came so It wa« gone. Then 

I laid, ' Heaven in not cruel, but just ; ' and I vowed a vow, t.i 

repay our burgomaster every nhllllng an' I could. And 1 weni 

forth In the morning wd, but hopeful. I felt lighter for Ih. 

purse being gone. My master was at the gate becnitched. I 

told him Id lievcr have seen him in another dligulse. ' Beggsr 

must not be choosers,' >aid he. However, soon he bade in,- 

untruH him, for he felt sadly. His head swam 1 told him 

forcefully to deform nature thus could scarce ty wholesome. 

He answered none; but looked Bcare<l, and hand mi head 

By-and-by he gave a groan, and rolh-l cm the ground like .-i 

ball, and writhed sore. I was scarcil. irul wist not what In 

do, but went to lift him; but his trouble rose higher niul 

higher, he gnashed his teeth fearfully, and the foam lUd fly 

from his lips; and presently his body bended itself like a 

bow, and jerked and bounded many times into the air. I 

exorcised him; it but made him worse. There was water in 

a ditch hard by, not very clear ; but the p<ior creature struggling 

between life and death, I filled my hat withal, and came flying 

to souse him. Then my lonl Uughed in my face. 'fomi'. 

Bon Bee, hv tliy white gills, I h-ve not forgotten my trade 

I stood »i 1. watery hat in hand, glaring. 'Could this lie 

feigning.'' /hat else?' said he. 'Why, a real fit is tl : 

sorriest thing; but a stroke with a feather compared witli 

mine. Art still lietters nature.' 'But look, e'en now blood 

trickleth from your nose,' said I. ' Ay, ay, pricked my mistriK 

with a straw.' 'But ye foamed at the lips.' 'Oh, ""''"' 

soap makes a mickle foam.' And he drew out a morsel lik< 

a bean from his mouth. 'Thank thy stars, Bon Bee, says 

he, 'for leading thee to a worthy master. Each day his lesson. 

To-morrow we will study the ml de hois and other branches 

To-day, own me prince of demoniacs, and indeed of all good 

fellows.' Then, being puffed up, he forgot yesterday's grudge, 

and discoursed me freely of beggars ; and gave me, who eft 

soons thought a beggar was a beggar, and there an end, the 

names and qualities of full thirty sorts of masterful and crafty 

mendici.nts in France and Germany and England; his three 

provinces ; for so the poor, proud knave yclept those kingdoms 

three; wherein his throne it was the stocks I ween. And 

outside the neitt village one had gone tf, dinner, and left his 

wheelbarrow. So says he, ' I'll tie myself in a knot, and shall 

wheel me through; and what with my crippledom and thy 

piety, a-wheeling of thy poor old dad, we'll bleed the bumpkins 

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. h»n<l woul, h«v.. i„ |„,„^„g, . A„rt whr.li„« a„ • ,.«L.r • 
... « l«m«. i. not l)„.t work?' «i,l ht- ; ■ th,n fllna y™ 

.'r:^'hi:":Y";: •;: ',-"■ r,- ' " *• - '■"• "-' -j™ 

one «"hy,n„y b- «,„rk ,,,d h«nl »„rk, bi.t ho„..»t v.„rk L 
not. lis fnmhhnR with his Uil ,,.„ «„t of. Ami' said I 
to'ml'ofT' '""'■ Trr,'" '«"-P' "«■ f"-- m-,.pc»k not 
mvZff^ '^'f "'■' .""'■ '*"•' '■ ' ■*■"" •"•"■ "■'■"''■'I ""^ "f 
«rt .11 fnends now, w„rs.- huk. Hut th.-i.^h I ..ffiml h,m 
vh.mc h.n. I never will.- Dear Marcarel, with thi knrj 

t ,: ■ "T,"' ""'■' '"y "'*•"'■'■ Kl'"™ilv ; • I have n,»de a 

M l«r„a,.,. 1 Vesently he halls, and eyea 'a tree l,v the w^y- 
M.le. (,„ s|K.|| ,nc what is writ on von tree.' S„ 1 went 
told hi^ *"" .'I™'''" l:''!- " '""'' "I"""- ''™»'" "' "'"lint-. I 
little t,rther, and he sent me to re«<l a wall. There was 
roi^ht b„t a eire le seratehe.l on the stone with a point of "a" 

Ho., Bee, that square was a waniinR. Some «.«,! Trua.,.l left 

.lanRerons. The e.rele with the two ,lols was writ hv 

'oT Rollf, T '""*"""""'; ■"!'' ■' »W'"fies a, how the writer^ 

7L I r"', T',' 1"''""1<='. «>" Catin tnl de Bois, o; 

.hat not, was i«^erf for mH«g here, and lav two months in 

l.nR books that go in ,»,ueh. Three hook, have I, France 
Kngland «,,,1 Germany; and they are writ all over in one 

hT"' h'J r ,;'!""■*" "•■ "" '^""""■i" understand; «n<l 
that ,s what I eall leaminR. So sith here they whip sores 

behmd the hedge, and eame back worshipful. We piised 

Tdid I Hesh »PP«-tice whets his ra^or on a block, 

so dul I flesh my psaltery on this village, fearing great cities 
I t,,ned .t and cour,e.l up a,.d down *the wiref nTmbly w^^h 

I had heard the minstrels of the country, 

' yiii veut ouir qui veiit Savoii-,' 

wme trish, I mind not what. An.l s«,n the villagers, male 
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and feinatc, throtiged about me ; thrreat I left singing, ami 
recited them U) the |NMltery a nliort but rixlit merry tale out 
of 'The Ijvet of the Sainti,' which it it* my handbook nf 
pleaaant Aginenti ; aiul thin ended, iimtantly vtruck up and 
whihtled one of Cut de Jattc h devil'K <Uttiei, and played it 
on the psalter) to (NM>t. Thmi knuwrst Heaven hnth neitow<-i! 
on nic II rare whittle, both for compiiHK and tune. And m>i)i 
me whittling bright and full this iprightly air, and making 
tht* wireft nIow when the tune did gallop, and tripping wId fi 
thr tune did amble, ur I did stop and Hhake on one note lik<- 
a hirk i' the air, they were likt* to cat me; but looking rouiitl, 
lo 1 my manter had given Viuy to hit* itch, and there was Ins 
hat on the ground, and copper pouring in. I deemed it cruel 
to whihtir the hreju) out of poverty 'h |M>uch ; mi Imikt; otT ami 
away ; yet could not get clear so nwift, but both men and 
women did slobber n^e sore, and imelled all of garlic, 'Thf-re, 
master,' Mtid 1, '1 call that cleaving the divell in twain and 
krcping his white half.' Said he, *Bon Bee, I have made n 
giKKl bargain,' Then he bade me stay where I was while 
he went to the Holv Laml. I Htayeu, and ht; leaped tht- 
rhurchyanl dike, and the Kcxton was digging a grave, and 
my master cliafl'ered with him, and came back with u knuckli' 
bone. But why he clt-pt h chun-hyanl Holy Laud, that I 
learned not then, but ut\t-r dinner. i was colouring th*- 
armories of ii little inn ; and he futt by me muHt peaceahlf, 
a cutting, and tiling, aiul polishing bones, sedately ; ho I 
s|>eere<l was not honest work sweet ^ ' As rain water,' said ht-, 
UKK-king. 'What was he a making?' 'A puir of bones tn 
play on with thee; and with the refuse a St. Anthony's thunih 
and a St. Martin's little finger, for the devout.' The vagabond ! 
And now, sweet Margaret, thuu seest our manner uf life farint; 
Rhinewunl. 1 with the- two arts I had at leat>t prized or 
counted on for bread was welcome everywhere ; too |xior now 
to fear robbers, yet able to keep both master and man on the 
road. For at night 1 often made a portraiture of the inti 
keei>er or liis dame, and so went richer from an inn ; the whii h 
it is the lot of few. But my master despised this even way »( 
life. 'I love ujw and downs/ said he. And ccrtes he lacked 
them not One day he would gather more than 1 in three; 
another, to hear his tale, it had rainetl kicks all day in lien 
of ' saltees," and that is pennies. Yet even then at heart he 
despised me for a poor mechanical soul, and scorned my arts 
extolling his own, the art of feigning. 

" Natneless, at odd times whs he ill at his ease. doinj^ 
through the town of Aix, we came upon a beggar walkin;:, 
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•jot relent; l,u\ I^ki win'" ll "T', "' "'"'?'■ ''"' "°* 

" «e «mc to the foot „r iTrhHT ? u , "t "" * f*'' "'"■^ 
we Ju»ti(VinR there ■ S„ ^ Lk. '"',•''''"''■ '""'I he, 'thev 

fiylMK-p.,,, «, (he woni irTeth F.r ,h. . '" ':"'."' "" 

told u< th.- matter .nd ?hT. i. """'men had ,c«rre 

«.««lin, Ki^ed i-lidot ^'t'ofhre,*; td .I't ^r""" '"' 
Iwnged .t daybre.k, uid the ,„„"„„ f^'i, .'"' """ """ 

fhey did fli„; her offfhe'br ;;e.".'„d 'fiin:',';:'' *':'"• '"■' 

f»r fmm us. And oh I M.™„. 11 , "'" ""'•^r ■"•' 
Hngelh In mine e.r. even "T b'. ''"""^ 'P'"'' ' " 

.hough tied, .h.. c"„r„p,Td eri d •h'SJ"? 7-:"«^f-. 

f"r/tettJn>( all, «],d heari,, , » „ ■ "<' '""'»'' ""•' , 

ror leaping i„' „ve h" ■ a^d '"h "." ""7 '".'' "'^^'l'" *" 
boatmen and Cul de .!atte du^ „ l"""''-' ''':"'•■ "■ '"" "»• 
the boureau', man that" aitd 1 "ll,'"'' ""'' "' » '"™-"' 
hi» hooked ,»,l,. „ h, *? "' " ." "^ • ™"'<- "'><J ".tangled 
.ml emled hlr () i, Mf ,'h°'* ''""■' "'"' •"' ">""" h.r .low,, 
help! And L„ c„l ,1 '''f ,r""^ "'""""' "" '"•' 'ri" lor 

"./beat mv iCt, a 1 ^ii," OfTT ' ,r} '. "* «"'""'"'■ 
heartsf" "'' "f "''«' hath ("hI made mens 

;^^« were no more to her ^l),:; ^1,? t!;;-^- J"; 
rejthr f, .,,.!? J' "■'«'" '"«' h" « oreepie to 

i)- .o take th^e cr^^pie^"-:. ':!:^Tl:i^, ^LTe^ 

■^^^izn,^^tz- '■' '^'"^-''- '■' -" '-' -= 

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Mire to turn him from his ill ways, discoursing of sinners and 
their lethal end. 'Too late !' said he, ' too late ! and gnashed 
his teeth. Then I told him ' too late ' was the divell s favourite 
whisper in repentant ears. Said I — 

' The Lord is debonair. 
Let sinners noaght despair.' 

'Too late!- said he, and gnashed his teeth, and writhed his 
face, as though vipers were biting his inward parts. But, dear 
heart, his was a mind like running water. Ere we cleared the 
town he was carolling; and outside the gate hung the other 
culprit, from the hough of a little tree, and scarce a yard above 
the ground. And that stayed my vagabone's music. But ere 
we had gone another furlong, he feigned to have dropped his 
rosary, and ran back, with no good intent, as you shall hear. 1 
strolled on verv slowly, and often halting, and presently he 
came stumping' up on one leg, and that bandaged. 1 asked 
him how he could contrive that, for 'twas masterly done. l)h, 
that was his mystery. Would I know that, I must jom the 
brotherhood.' And presently we did pass a narrow lane, aiid at 
the mouth out espied a written stone, telling beggars by a. 
word like a wee pitchfork to go that Way. ' 'Tis yun farmhouse 
said he ; 'bide thou at hand.' And he weni to the house, and 
came back with money, food, and wine, 'rhis lad did the 
business,' said he, slapping his one leg proud.y. ITien he undid 
the bandage, and with prideful face showed me a hole in his 
calf you could have put your neef in. Had 1 been strange to 
his tricks, here was a leg had drawn my last penny. Presently 
another farmhouse bv the road. He made for it. 1 stood, and 
asked myself, should! run away and leave him, not to be shamed 
in mv own despite by him ? But while I doubted, there was s 
great noise, and my master well cudgelled by the farnier ami 
his men, came towards me hobbling and halloaing, for the 
peasants had laid on heartily. But more trouble was at hi. 
heels. Some mischievous wight loosed a dog as big as a jackass 
colt, and came roaring after him, and downed him momentlj. 
I, deeming the poor rogue's death eertaui, and him least fit to 
die, drew my sword and ran shouting. But ere I could come 
near, the muekle dog had torn away his bad leg, and ran growl- 
ing to his lair with it ; and Cul de Jatte slipped his knot, and 
came running like a lapwing, with his hair on end, and m 
striking with both crotches beforc and behind at unreal dogs iis 
'twas like a windmill craied. He fled adowii the road. I 
followed leisurely, and found him at dinner. ■ Curse the quiens, 
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^fen'r ^"^ ""' • -■'"' •" ■"""" 'in,e but ■(;„,„ the 
them. '*"'' ' ■""'' ■'""* **«■ 'hey we« before 1 would „,„. 

curse 'em ! • We cum/ fo «*, . ""' ""'' moment, 

Rhine Kith CLTartThr^""' K^"'' ' '""■""' ''""^ 
running to elip lvenber<rl t„ r" ^""^ '*''*' " ^«">^d 
piece of timbe? ™1 an ^1 k" ?'*. "°"""' "'"• but . 
Sleeping yLTriidtae still 'iv"'*'" ''"" *' "^ '=^' ^^ "■"■, 
fcrVai; ill weTcSmT'ftom'^T^olirrdT'ir"- -^k",!."- 
aneers, and the hope of cominc b^ck ta th/ ""\°"«'>bouR' 
M now I must, defeated and fh»^ l i ,. "ctonous, not, 

did withhold mer«nTso wHh t- ' 'J"* *^'='= *"'' '""' '' 
of the head to Lk onT'-Mv-dT'^ ««hs, and often turning 
and heavy heart t^wa;:^, "Xg '• '™' '"""=" "'™"'"' ^"'^ 

new's.tt%v''erthis''::ir*r ''"' '■"•^'^ ■»-' «•" » 

breath away Weiuiav'^ Uh *' "r.'™"- " '«'""• -y 
heart! Had he not ^„rthJ! i ^"'■.''^ """ '"'™ '<> his 
Well-a-dayl wdl-a da^" '^" ''"°''' '"""" ^''"*- 

wo^deillr;. '""""" '""" '•^' "an-'- ""■■ ""e dr«,ped like a 

.^•^^ -S:t':S: H^;-^- /--it'-e Kate 
to console her. ' ^^^^ '"" "' P'tv, 

■" JJ^r'iaTt;; me'^nt'^- 'd' T '"'^''"' *e shall swoon." 
not be^'soli^ubirsom . "r'hy T'od-wZt"' f^ "' ^" 
hearted, sweet mistress Kate F^T .i, ^^'^ ™ """'" 
sure Heaven is ."ift me." "' "' ""■" ™"=^' """^ ' f-' 

Ca<*mne. " D'ye hear that, my man > " 

Lmle Kate went back to her place, ami Margaret re«l on 

would leave me and doff hi * wrought, my master 

:.ther i„firJit";'a';rd'™f„''he™orld' wh1eh°he'^r ."T' "" 

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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

in lieu of two, till 1 threatened to lend him a cuff* to boot in 
requital of his suspicion ; and henceforth took his due, with 
feigned confidence in my good faith, the which his dancing eye 
belied. Early .n Germany we had a quarrel. 1 had seen him 
buy a skull of a jailer's wife, and mighty zealous a polishing it. 
Thought I, ' How can he cany yon memento, and not repent, 
seeing where ends his way P' Presently I did catch him selling 
it to a woman for the head of St. Barnabas, with a tale hacl 
cozened an Ebrew. So I snatched it out of their hands, and 
trundled it into the ditch. ' How, thou impious knave,' said I, 
'wouldst sell for a saint the skull of some dead thief, thy 
brother?' He slunk away. But shallow she did crawl after 
the skull, and with apron reverently dust it for Barnabas, an(i 
it Barabbas; and so home with it. Said 1, 'Non vult anser 
velli, sed populus vult decipi.' " 

Catherine. "Oh the goodly Latin !" 

EU. " What meaneth it ? " 

Caikerine. "Nay, I know not; but 'tis Latin; is not that 
enow } He was the flower of the flock." 

" Then 1 to him, ' Take now thy psaltery, and part we here, 
for art a walking prison, a walking hell.' But lo ! my master 
fell on his knees, and begged me for pity's sake not to turn him 
off. 'What would become of hira? He did so love honesty.' 
'Thou love honesty .>■ said I. 'Ay,' said he, ' not to enact it ; 
the saints forbid. But to look on. Tis so fair a thing to look on. 
Alas, good Bon Bee,' said he ; ' hadst starved peradventure but 
Car me. Kick not down thy ladder ! Call ye that just ? Nay, 
calm thy choler ! Have pity on me .' I must have a pal ; ancl 
how could I bear one like myself after one so simple as thou ? He 
might cut my throat for the money that is hid in my belt. 'Tis 
not much ; 'tis not much. With thee I walk at mine ease ; with a 
sharp I dare not go before in a narrow way. Alas .' forgive me. 
Now 1 know where in thy bonnet lurks the bee, I vriW ware his 
sting; I will but pluck the secular goose.' * So be it,' said I. 
* And example was contagious : he should be a true man by then 
we reached Nuniberg. 'Twas a long way to Numberg.' See- 
ing him so humble, I said, 'Well, dotf ntTS, and make thyjielf 
decent ; 'twill help me forget what thou art' And he did 
so ; and we sat down to our nonemete. Presently came by a 
reverend palmer with hat stuck round with cockle shells from 
Holy Land, and great rosary of beads like eggs of teal, and 
sandals for shoes. And he leaned aweary on his long staff, and 
offered us a shell apiece. My master would none. But 1, to 
set him a better example, took one, and for it gave the poor 
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lauling . wild woman L^ ohS^n ~ ■"" ^T^ '«•-'■ "■« 
wolf. And when thTv "IS u T f""!? ,'"°*"''« '''«' « 
™«s to threads Tl,. J, ". ' ""* ''" ^ tearinir her 

hThard e«t •JtlTs w^^f ^u'''"^ "^ "»' "1 *"« " 
«.uld not work in the field, ILT^ T'"* '""''! «"'' >>« 
fire it, nor cure her could hi ^iiT'..''% '" *■" •"»«* *» 
had vowed six poundsof wax to sJ AnJh' S. ".„,■ help, ,„d 
so was fain beij of charitlhle fciw •? "^ '" '"''' *>". ™d 
=he espied us, and flew at m" w H, t '■' """"T ^"^ "'"' 
cold with fear so deWlTsh shewed h^.f long nails, and I was 
naUs like birdys' talons But he JthZe'^t "'"k* 7" '"^ 
sudden, and with his whip did erTlv ik^'" /'""''''' ''" 
cried, 'Forbear! forbeaT" Kl' i, ^V''''' *"" <""■ "• ">«t I 
and gave him a taS^ And b.^nT'"' ""' j'"" "^'^ ''''"':■ 
those twain I know not whrd, isTh/""''' '^^ ' '**■«'«■ °f 
laughed in my face. " B^hoW hv • "'""■ P^M^' And he 
■Thou mileston thy poofsZ tl^ "'' """ "«'' ^id he. 
and bestowest alms-onT" vCr^ * ' " v""""-?'"'°™'" "««"'■•. 
V°PI-;'' -Why, a .r„ir,ZTfeig„s mXes's ''^\- ^^^^ '' 
of us, that sham maniac, and wow but .h r i • J^"' *"' ™= 
blushed for her and thek Airivest tl . ." ''r^''^ ' 
from Holy Land, that came n„^,fh A. "x,*"'^™ f"' » shell 

pilgnms true and pilerims false LI Taf' ^° ^'"^ *''™ to 
•What!' said I; -th^Z^JZ'/ ^""^"^ '*« 'hee withal' 
Cul de Jatte; ' ine of u^i 7"'l """" ' '""^ "f "«!' cried 

"■lic now and then a^Tartest ^ °" "^ '^■' ^''""« " «■"« 
=lse. I tell thee, Bon bL ' t d fe T"'^- °" """^ '"'^" ■«•« 
on earth's face. The S^nis^ ed !' ,b "" 2 ""' »"*= '^^ «»<= 

m-lerfi„m his share of^LiZ^^hr'-^'" ''* "-^ P«" 
palmers and friars, b,ack ^v^L \^i"L''^°'^""' P"grims, 
of our brotherhood, and 'of^i'r art "T""^^ = ^"^ '" *«»«^''« 
•".t |Hx,r apprentices, to guild ' ^.irT s^ ""'*" "■'^' «"'' "' 
a half. »"""■ '^"f n>s tongue was an ell and 

•'.a;im;ryi:2.Tmr'' ^tb*""- ?-"' >- --" ««y 

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ay, this sh«ll be the rest of the band.' With that came along 
9o motley a crew as never your eyes beheld, dear Margaret. 
Marched at their heail one with a banner on a steel-pointed lance, 
and girded with a great long swoid, and in velvet doublet and 
leathern jerkin, the which stuffs ne'er saw 1 wadded afore on 
mortal flesh, and a gay feather in his lordly cap, and a couple ot 
dead fowls at his back, the which, an' the spark had come by 
honestlv, 1 am much mistook. Him foUowed wives and babes on 
two leai. Iiorses, whose flanks sUU rattled like parchment drum, 
being beaten by kettles and caldrons. Next an armed man 
■i-riding of a horse, which drew a cart full of females and 
children ; and in it, sitting backwards, a lusty lazy knave lance 
in hand, with his luxurious feet raised on a holy water-pail, that 
lav along, and therein a cat, new kittened, sat glowing o er her 
brood, and s,>arks for .,.s. And the cart-horse cavalier had 
on his shoulders « round bundle, and thereon did perch a cock 
nud crowed with m-hI, poor ruHler, proud of his brave feathers 
as the rest, and haply with more reason, being his own. And 
on an ass another wife and newborn chUd ; and one poor quean 
u-f<«.t scarce dragge.1 herself along, so near her time was she 
yet held two little ones by the hand, and helplessly helped 
them on th : road. And the little folk were just a farce ; some 
rode sticks, with horses' heads, between their legs, which pranced 
and caracoled, imd soon wearied the riders so sore, they stood 
stock still and wept, which cavaliers were presently Uken into 
cart and cufled. And one, more grave, lost in a man s hat and 
feather, walked in Egyptian darkness, handed by a girl ; another 
had the great saucepan on his back, and a tremendous three- 
footed elav-IKit sat on his head and shoulders, swallowing him 
so as he 'too went darkling led by his sweetheart three foot 
high When they were gone by, and we had both laughed 
lustily, said I, ' Natheless, master, my bowels they yearn for one 
of that tawdry band, even for the poor wife so near the down- 
lying, seance able to drag herself, yet still, poor soul, helping 
the weaker on the way.' " 

Calherinr. "Nay, nay, Margaret Why, wench, pluck up 
heart. Certes thou art no Bohemian." 

Kale. "Nay, mother, 'tis not that, 1 trow, but her father. 
And, dear heart, why take notice to put her to the blush f 

Richart. " So 1 say." 

" And he derided me. ■ Why, that is a " biltreger," ' said he 
'and you waste your bowels on a pillow, or so forth. 1 told 
Win he lied. ■ Time would show,' said he, ' wait till they camp. 
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we found thein o,m,. d between two great trees onl connZ 
by the way.,de; a. > they had Ughted a great fire, and on U 
wa, he.r <a dron ; and one of the trees slanting o'er the fire 
a k d hung down by a chain fmm the tree-fork to the fire, a[,d 

keep tlie meat from burning, and a gry spark with a feaJhpr 
,nh.scap cut up a sheep; and anothfr'^halrspitted a leg of" 

«V^ " 'fV ""■'," *""■"" '■"''"' "iLticlecr'sVride 
with wringmg of his neck. And under the other tree four 

.ndTflhT l"' r* n'' I"-'--"-''.""'' ""word s^^^ith; 
and of these lewd gamblers one had cockles in his hat aiJ 
was my reverend pilgrim. And a female, young and «^me y 
™d dressed hke a butterfly, sat and mend^ a heap of dfX' 
r^ And tul .le Jalte said. -You is the "vopper"- and I 
ooked incredulous and looked again, and it was L^and at her 
leet sat he that had so late lashed he,-; but I ween lie In^ 
«,»t where to .tn.Ke or woe betide him; and slie d U , „w 
oppres., him sore and made him thread her very needle, he 
which he did with all humility; so was their comedy tun ed 
^.my side without • and Cul de Jatte told me 'twas^ st"™^ 
with 'voppers and their men in camp; they would .loi, thek 
bmve^ though but for an hour, and with their tinsel empire 
and the man durst not the least gainsay the 'vopper/ "T^ 
would turn him off at these times, as I my masted iid take 
Miother tyrant more submissive. An-l my master XucWed 
over me. Natheless we soon espied a wife^et with her S 
against the tree, and her hair down, and her face whTte and 
by her ^de a wench held up to her eye a new-bom babe ^Hh 
words of cheer, and the rough fellow; her husband, did bHM 
her hot wine ma cup, and bade her take coun«e. And iS? 

c those neighbouring trees two shawls, and blankets tw*L 
together, to keep the drizzle off her. And so had another p^; 

folk tended gipsywise, but of the roasters, and boiler, and 
voppers, and gamblers, no more noticed, no, not for a sinirle 
moment, than sheep which droppeth her lamb in a field br 
travellers upon the way. Then said I, 'What of thv foi 
suspicions, master? over-knaverv blinds the eye as well a^ over- 

Z^^u'- ■n!'"i'"' ''"'«''^'* "-"' »"«'• "Tri^ph, Bon X, 
numph rhe chances were nine in ten against thee.' Then 

ukrf''m^ "'l'°^u" ". ^"''i.'" -'"-Ttirae; but he rZ 
duchesses, which by law .re «,ndem„ed to groan in a crowd 
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of noble, tad courtier., .nd do writhe with .hune a. well u 
wrrow, being come of decent mother., where« these gip.y 
women have no more sh»me under their .kins than a wolf ruth, 
or a hare valour. And Bon Bee,' 4uoth he, 'I espy in thee « 
lamentable fault Wastert thy bowels. WUt have none left 
for thy poor good master which doeth thy will by night and 
day ■ Then we came forward ; and he Ulked with the men in 
some strange Hebrew cant whereof no word knew 1 J «"1 the 
poor knaves bade us welcome and denied "» nought. With 
them, and all they had, 'twas lightly come »"f ''Khtly go; and 
when we left them, my master said to me, ■ This is thy hrst 
lesson, but to-night we shall lie at HansburRh. Come with .ne 
n the " rotboss" there, and I'll show thee all our folk and their 
lays, and especially "the lossners," " the dutzer., the 
schleppers," "the gickis.es," "the schwanfelders, "horn in 
England we call "sliivering Jemmies," "the sUntvegers, the 
schwiegers," "the joners," "the sesseldegers, "the genn- 
scherere," in France " marcandiers or rifodes, the veranenns, 
"the sUbulers," with a few foreigners like ourselves, such as 
" pietres," " francmitoux," " polissons," " malingreui, ",?"«". 
"rufflers." "whipjalks," " dommerars," " glymmerars, jark- 
men" "patricos," " swadders," "Uutem morts, "walking 
ioorts"--'Enow,' cried I, stopping him, 'art as gleesome as 
the Evil One a counting of his imps. Til jot down in my 
tablet all these caitiils ami their accursed names : for taowledge 
is knowledge. But go among them, alive or dead, that will 1 
not with my good will. Moreover,' said I, 'what nee<l ? suire 
I have a companion in thee who is all the knaves on earth u. 
one ?' and thought to abash him ; but his tace shone with prulf, 
and hand on breast he did bow low to me. 'If thy wit be scant 
.rood Bon Bee, thy manners are a charm. 1 have made a good 
bargain.' So he to the 'rotboss,' and I to a decent inn and 
sketched the landlords daughter by candle-light and starteil 
at mom batjen three the richer, but could not hnd my master, 
so loitered slowly on, and presently met him coming west .'or 
me, and cursing the quiens. Why so ? Because he rould bluul 
the culls but not the quiens. At last 1 prevailed on him to 
leave cursing and canting, and tell me his adventure, bald he, 
' I sat outside the gate of von monastery, full of sores, which 
I showed the passers-by. Oh, Bon Bee, beautifuller sores you 
never saw; and it rained coppers in my hat Presently the 
monks came home from some procession and the e.mvent do)(s 
ran out to meet them, curse the quiens ! ' W hat, did they tall 
on thee and bite thee, poor soul .' ' 'Worse, worse, dear 11..., 
Bee Had they bitten me 1 had earned silver. But the great 



THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 
Idiots, being, as I think, puppies, or littlr Iwtter, fell on m, 
where I sat, downed mc.:mS fell a licking n.v «.«, amon! 

f'™d ti!: 's^r- ";•? "'T' '"'"r'" 'h^wTci^r nr s 

„W I .1 T '•"7''""'^''' » •«■«»-'" of old.' -Nay, nay ' 

^f { 7 "''i?'; '"^h 'hing. But tell me, sinee they b t tSe 

noodle, why, the sores eame off.' -How could that lie'' 
How could aught else be? and them just fr^sh put ™ Dul 

Nay, he was an artist, a painter like his 8erv«nt, and had nut 
on sore, made of pig's blood, ,ye meal, and glue. So wfe, 
the folk saw my sores go on tongues of puppies, they laughed 
nnd I saw cord or sack before me. So up I jum,«d and 
»houted, " A miracle i a mimcle ! The ve^r dogs^T C ho v 
convent be holy, and have cured me. gZ fatTe«," cried I 
whose day is this ? " ■■ St. Isidores," said one. " St. iJXre" 
cned I, in a sort of rapture. "Why, St. Isi.lore i., my It™, 
-aint: so that accounts." And the simple folk swaC 
lilLlfr'^ "" ?""•? '"'r^'^ 1""="» "'/wounds. ButThe 
togethei, but I have a quick ear, and one did say, "Caret 
miraculo monasterium," which is Greek patter I trow Iw^t- 
ways It ,s no beggar's cant. Finally they ba,lc the lay bre hren 
pve me a hiding, and take me out a back way ^d Tu^ 
me on the ro«I, and threatened me did I come Sek t„ fhe 
town to hand me to the magistrate and have me drowned for 
a plain impostor "Profit now by the Churches g^« " J°d 

life is not sure nigh (.and this town.' As we went he worked 
his shoulde«, ' Wow but the brethren laid on. And what meaM 
yon p ece of monk's cant, I wonder .V So I told hta the worf^ 
meant 'the monastery is in want of a miracle,' bu "he apphca' 

«hy, It mean^ they are going to work the miracle, my miracle 
Th ^^^"l "" .""= «"ta I sowed. Therefore these blows on 
Iheir benefactor's shoulders; therefore is he that wrought die^ 
scurvy m racle driven forth with stripes and tSs Oh 

Ate, Bon Bee said he, 'I but outwit the simple, but these 
mouks would pluck Lucifer of his wing feathers' A^U went 
f league bemoaning himself that he w£ not consent-bred hke 

wiU^Jl r I ""■"*" """^ ^'"''^- "'''"tthen?' .Who 
W.U call those shavelmgs to eonipt, one day,' quoth he. -And 
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a'l .Icpeitful men,' sniil I. At oiic that aftenioon 1 gnt nrmoilM 
to paint: so my nmster tiiok the yelhm jaundice and went 
bemtinn thmuffh the town, and with his oily tongue, and 
saffron-wntir fi.ce, di.l fill his hat. Now in all the towns are 
certain licensed IJCRRars, and one of these was an old favourite 
with the townsfolk : had his station at St. Martin's porch, the 
greatest church : a blind man : they called him blinil Hans. 
He saw my master drawiuR coppers on the other side the 
street, and knew him l>y his tricks for an im|X)stor, so sent 
and warned the constables, and I met my master in the con- 
stables' ha:ids, and Koing to his trial In the town hall. 1 
followed and many more ; and he was none al- 'shed, neither 
by the |»ii ,< "f justice, nor memory of his misdeeds, but 
demanded his accuser like a trumpet. And blind Iliins'slHiy 
came forward, but was sifted narrowly by my master, aral 
stammered and faltered, and owned he had seen nothing, bnl 
only carried blind Hans's tale to the chief constable. niiH 
is but hearsay,' said imr master. ' Lo ye now, here standeth 
Misfortune liackbit by Envy. But stand thou forth, blir J Envy, 
and vent thine own lie.' And blind Hans behoved to stand 
forth, sore against his will. Him did my master so press with 
ouestions, and so pinch and torture, asking him again and again, 
how, being blind, he could see all that befell, and some that 
befell not, across a way; and why, an' he could not see, lie 
came there holding up his perjured hand, and maligning the 
misfortunate, that at last he groaned aloud and would utter no 
word more. And an alderman said, • In sooth, Hans, ye are lo 
blame ; hast cast more dirt of suspicion on thyself than on him. 
But the burgomaster, a wondrous fat man, and methinks of his 
fat some had gotten into his ..ead, cheeked him, .-iiid said, 'Nay, 
Hans we know this many years, and be he blind or not, he hath 
passed for blind so long, 'tis all one. Back to thy porrh, go«l 
Hans, and let the strange varlet leave the town incontinent on 
pain of whipping.' Then my master winked to me; but there 
rose a civic officer in his gown of state and golden chain, » 
Dignity with us lightly prized, and even shunned of some, but 
in C.ermany and France much courted, save by condemned 
malefactors, to wit the hangman; and says he, 'An't please 
you first let us see whv he weareth his hair so thick and low. 
And his man went and lifted C'ul de .latte's hair, and lo, IIk; 
upper gristle of both ears was gone. -How is this, knave, 
quoth the burgomaster. My master said carelessly, he mindeil 
not precisely : his had lieen a life of misfortunes and losses. 
'When a poor soul has lost the use of his leg, noble sirs, these 
more trivial woes rest lightly in his memory.' 
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" When he Counil thh would not icrve his turn hr named 
Iht rr i"" "■ '" *"'• "' *'"^'' ••- '"«* '"»' half L.^,1 
h.ngnuu, .howed them the two euts were nuule .t one time 

Zft -tTI ' .^u"""- ""=" *'■« burgomMter gave judg- 
Z . 1— I ?'^!r* "'■"'■«'' '' ""» P"»"" "g*""' thee ; but, «■ 

l.,"„^„*"..'ll'^ «l<lermen approved, and my master was haled 
1 tried to get speeeh of him, hut the jailer denied me. But 
mgering near tSe jail 1 hear,! a whirtle, and there wa, Cul de 
Jatte at a narrow wmdow twenty feet from earth. I went 
mder a.,d he asked me what made I there ? I told him 1 wm 
W«, to go forward and not bid him farewell. He ,eeme" qu™ 
mazed ; but soon h.s suspicious soul got the better. That waa 

price of It Then threw me a rix dollar,' said he. I counted 
out my coins, and they came to a ri. dolllr «,d two batTen 1 

^.11 he said, softly 'Bon Bee.' 'Master," said I. Then Se 

r™TLT^*"-"? T'^'i ' ' "«"•«'" y ■"«» •««■ mock! 
ZlHt. A ^'i '""-.Bon.Bee, Bon Bee, if 1 had found the 
r hi. „ ! . ^^ ;' '*t'*% ' ■"«• r-t my wit to better use, and 
I had not lam here." Then he whimiired out, 'I oave 7ot 
S^ne'^'t'-K"/"' 'he jingler;- and'lhrew m; bL^Lt hi 
Wgone to cheat me of; honest for once, and over late; «,d 

' l2f° """"y "Whs, bade me Godspeed 

"Thus did my master, after often balBing men's justice. Ml 

V iX?? \?'* ^""' P""*»hment : so the accoSnt was eren; 
iL » L 1 " =hasti.,ement did chastise him. Natheless he 

pXtiL ^ *r^..'"' 'j""* '■''™''"' "'her far with my 
£ tmlf h ""•'■ '^*" "'"' y™ «» «»«i «» stolen purse; for 

pat's w1wh"°T P'T'""' his reflections be; and but a curly 

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"Our day I walked .lone, .nd sooth to wy, lighthMrtrd 
for roTne hLert Denys i«.e.t.ned the .Ir on the w.y|bt, 
Mor Cul de Jatte poi«>ned it. The next d.y. p«.inft • ((«n.l 

^ tio i"ant»; tl ey overtook me. The gentlenan b« e me 

Sft M."ghed in my .leeve i for . few bat-en -ere Jl mv 

rtoM He baile me doff my doublet and jerkUi. Then I 

Sr«kl«l no mL ■ Bethink \ou, my lor,!.' «.id 1 • •«, winter 

How nwy . poor fellow gc bare and live f So he told me 1 

.hor.Xe arJETwide of 1.1. thought, k. d off w,th •-;« "*•• W 

leAln, richly furred, and doublet to match, «.d held them forth 

tome Then a servant let nu- know itw.« » I*"""'". ' "'» 

^hip had had the ill luck to .lay hU eou.m in 'h'" '"IT 

D^m to my .hoes he changed with me; .md set me on h.. 

ho™ like a VmlMJay, ai.d fared by my side u. n,y worn weeds, 

wTh mvUltm on hi, back. And Mid he, 'Now, good youth, 

SouT^^untT^etstein; and 1, late -■n'^"'/, S^V-t, , "S 

thy part well, and help me «ve my b oodstrined «.ul ! Be 

haugrty and choleric, L any noble: and I will 1« " l-"">W» 

a, I may.' I «id I would do my best to play the noble Bu 

what 8^ould 1 cdl him? He bade me call him nought but 

Senant That would mortify Wm most, he wi.t. We rede 

on a long way in silence: for I wa, mediUting thi. strange 

chance tLt fVom a iH^ggnr's servant had made me mas er to 

a »unt, «d also cudgelli..g mv bmins how best I m.ght pk, 

Ar^VeTwithout being rJn tUugh the body a"'' »■>« .^ 

iikeT, e^usin. For 1 mistrusted sore my sparks hum.l.l^^; 

your German nobles being, to my knowledge, proud as Luc.fcr 

S choleric as fire. As for the .ervants, they did .Illy gnu tu 

one another to see their muter M humbled 

" Ah ! what i# that f" , , 

A lump, as of lead, had just bounced agamst t Joor, and 
thf latch was fumbled with unsuccessfully. Anf :;.r bounce 
and the door swung inwards with Giles arrayeum cloth of 
™rd staking to it Tike a wasp. He Unded on the floor » 
was embracSl: but on learning what was gomg on, trumpeted 
that he would much liever hear of Gerald than gosMp. 

Svbrandt pointed to a diminutive chair. . ,. i 

& showed his sense of this civility by tearmg the » 
Sybrandt out of a v .7 bi,; one, and there ensconced h.n..^^ 
Xeous and glowing. Sybrandt had to vedge himself mW 
the one, -'lich was too small for the magniiicent dwarfs soul, 
and Mar et resumed. , ,_ ■ f 

But ai this part of the IctLcr was occupied with notices 01 
Blaees, all which my reader probably knows, and it not, cau 
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THE ri-OISTEK AND THE HEARTH 

And han<llnl «t Urge in ■ doirn well-known book., from 
Muiulcr to Mumy, I skip the tnimgranliv, ond hMlm to tlut 
part where it ocrum-d tc him to throw hifi letter into a 
journal. The personal nurrativc tliat intervened may be thus 
rondensed. 

He spoke but little at first to his new companions, but 
Iwtened to pick up their chnracters. Neither his noble Ser- 
vant nor *M servants could rend or writ.- ; and as he oilcn 
made entries in his tablets, he impressed Ihem with some awe. 
One of his entries wnt, " I.e pen que sont le» hoinmes." For 
he found th(^ surly innkeepers licked the very gTOund before 
him now ; nor did a soul suspect the hosier's son in the count's 
fentheni, nor the count in the minstrel's weeds. 

'fhis seems to have suqirised him ; for he enlarged on it 
with the naivete and pomposity of youth. At one place, being 
humbly requested to present the inn with his armorial bear- 
ings, he consented loftily j but painted them himself, to mine 
hosts wonder, who thought he lowered himself liy handling 
brush. The true count stood grinning by, and held the point- 
pot, while the sham count painted a shield wUh three red 
herrings ram|)«nt under a sort of Maltese cross made with two 
ell-measures. At first his plebeian servants were insolent But 
this coming to the notice of his noble one, he forgot what he 
was doing penance for, and drew his sword to cut olf their ears, 
heads Uicluded. But Gerard interposed luul saved them, and 
rebuked the count severely And finally they all understood 
one another, and the superior mind obtained its natural inHuence. 
He played the barbarous noble of that day vilely. For his 
heart would not let him be either tyrannical or cold. Here 
wre three human beings. He tried to make them all happier 
than he was ; held them ravished with stories and .songs, and 
wt Herr Penitent and Co. dancing with his whistle and psaltery. 
For his own convenience he made them ride and tie, and thus 
pushed rapidly through the country, travelling generally fifteen 
leagues a day. 



"This first of .January 1 observed a young man of the country 
to meet a strange maiden, and kissed his hand, and then held 
It out to her. She took it with a smile, and lo I acquaintance 
made ; and babbled like old friends. Greeting so pretty and 
Jlelicate I ne'er did see. Yet Mere they both of the baser sort. 
So the next lass I saw a coming, I said to my servant lord, ' For 
further penance bow thy pride; go meet yon base-bom girlj 
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kU> thy homlcldul bond, Mid givo it her, Mid hold her In .In 
eouiM u be.t, ye may.' Ami iiiy noble Servant mUI huniblv, 
• I shall obey my U-rA' And we drew reUi and watched while 
he went forward, klued hU hand and held It out to her 
Forthwith »hc took It imlllng, and wa« mo«t affable with him, 
and he with her. Preiently came up a band of her companion*. 
So thl> Ume I bade him dolf his bonnet to them, a« thou«h 
they were empreMei ; and he did so. And lo I the lasses drew 
up as stiff as hedge.itakcs, and moved not nor spake." 
DnM. •• Ale 1 aie I ale ! Pardon, the company." 
"ThU surprised me none; for so Miey rtlil .llscouiitenan.o 
poor Denys. And that whole day I '. . . e hi experimei.tmg these 
German lasses ; and 'twas still the same. An ye doff bonnet 
to them they stiffen ii.f »ru*uc»; distance for dixUiice. But 
accost them with ho.i ■.• rrciJom, and with that customary, and 
though rusUcal, nii«t giacious proffer, of the kissed hand, and 
they withhold neither their hands in turn nor their acquaintance 
In an honest way. Seeing whi.h I vexed myself that Deny, 
was not with us to prattle with them ; he is so fond of women. 
(■"Are you fond of Komm, Denys?") And the reader opened 
two great violet eyes upon him with gentle surprire. 

Dtnia. "Ahem! he says so, »he-eomra<le. By Hannib»li 
helmet, 'Us their fault, not mine. They will have such m.11 
voices, and white skins, and suimy hair, and dark blue eyes, 

"jl&i^/. (Reading suddenly.) " Which their affability I put 
to profit thus. I asked them how they made shift to gru* 
roses Ui Yule? For know, dear Margaret, that throughout 
Germany the baser sort of lasses wear lor head-dress nought 
but a ' crants," or wreath of roses, eneircUng their bare hair, k 
laurel (jesar's; and though of the worshipful scorned, yet ., 
braver, I wist, to your eye and mine which painters be, thounh 
sorry ones, than the gorgeous, uncouth, mechanical headgear nt 
the time, and adorns, not hides her hair, that goodly ornament 
fitted to her head by craft divine. So I lie good lasses, beuif 
questioned close, dia let me know, the rose-buds are cut in 
summer and laid then in great clay-pots, thus ordered: first bay 
salt, then a row of buds, and over thut row bay salt spnnklecl: 
then another row of buds placed crosswise ; for they say it i. 
death to the buds to touch one another; and so on, buds iind 
salt in layers. Then each pot Is covered and soldered tight, 
and kept ill cool ceUar. And on Saturday night the master ol 
the house, or mistress, if master be none, opens a pot, and doles 
the rosebuds out to every female In the house, high or lo«, 
withouten grudge; then solders It up agaui. And such as "1 
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THR fLOISTKH AM) THK HKAItTII 

I'lTi^ X'ti:""'*' "'"-'•I"-/"-" '"■'^'■. put .h.,„ ,„ „.„, 

««ter « Mltle .,>,«,:, ..r iIm- in ihc «lovr, kihI iIi.ii »iili liiiv 
hruih «li<l wft wct(«.l li, KhtnUI. wins, ,1„ ..,«x thci.i till tl.ry 
ope their fold^ And unm pfrtunie Ihtn. with n»€-wal,r. 

their fair bwlyi-, lie witho.ilcn «mi1, in t.>nih .,f vUy, .w„iii„i 
re»iirrection, ^ " 

"AiKl «onie «,lh llu- ,,.«•, „m(I I>u<Is init n.ilniiipi ail,!,,!, 
lii.t not by M.J «,„.! will; f„r gnhl, |,r,ve in its,-lf, ..h.-lk l.y 
jowl with r,^:, ,s l,„t j.llow ,..;:,. And it d.Ks the .■yt'; 
ilcrt Kuud t.. Mu tlHs,. l,,ir h.ads nl hair .■cini.', bl.Kiinini; will, 
row., over snowy riw.ls, „ud l.y »nnw-c,.nt h.-dais, «,iti„a 
»int.-r . be»uty by Ih.- side of »unniier» ilorv. l'„r what m 
l»lr«. winter', lilie,, m,„w yd.-pt, and what so l.ravr „. rmes ? 
And shouULt h«vo hml a |,i(l„re h.rc, but lor lluir ....Hndition. 
I.eane<l a las. in Mnidaj- Karl,, .rm, ,n,kl.<l, against h.r .-.iltaLre 
comer, whose low nK>( wa. .now.lml, and with her erantz did 
•eem a .unnner Hower sproulins Inini winter'. iMM.ni. I drew 
rein, and out pencil an<l brush l„ linuj her lor tine. But the 
.impleton, fearing the evil ev.-, „r g|an,o„r, clap, l„th hands to 
her faee and Hie. pauu-slri. ken. Hot in<kcd, Ihey are not 
more .uiKTititiou. than the .Sevenbergen folk, which take tliv 
lather for a magician. ' 

•• Yet «.ftly, .ith at tin. nnnnent I profit by thi. darkncv. of 
the r inind. ; for, at first, sitting down lo write this diari I 
could frame nor thought nor word, so harried and .leaved was 
I with noise of lm<hanical p,rson», and hiMrse laughter at dull 
jests „l one ut these parti-eoloured • f,«,l,,' which are so rife in 
(.ennany. But oh, M.rry wit, that i. driven lo the p<«,r resource 
ol pointed ear-caps, and a green and yellow UkIv. True wit 

wei^h ."h '" U "" ""'"'■."■= '■■'■' '" ""■•K"n.ly "" honest' 
wench th..ugh„ver free tor ray |«late, a .hanibennaid, had 
made havoe ot all these /juiies, droll hv brute Ibro-. Oh 
l)igre«s..r! Well then, I to Ik= riil of r.«ri„g nisticalls, an.l 
mindless jests, put my hnger in a glass and drew on the table 
"great watery eirele ; whereat the riisliealls did l,„,k „sk„„t, 

nisticalls held their peace; and beside, these circles cabalistieal 
1 laid down on the table solemnly yon parchment deed I hail 
out of yuur house. The rusticalls held their breath. Then did 
1 look a. glum as mi/.ht be, and muttered slowly thu»_ 
Videaraus^-quam diu tu fietus morio_-vus<,ui. veri stulti— 
au<lehitis— 111 hac aulA morari, strepitaiites ita- rt olentes_ut 
■111 cisMmie nequeam miser scribere.' Thcv shw.k like aspens 
ami stole away on tiptoe one by one at first, then in a rush 
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Mill jostling, Mill left me alone ; and most scared of nil was the 
fool: never earneil jester fahcr his ass's ears. So nibbeil I 
their foible, who first niblwd mine ; for of all a traveller's foes 
I dread those giants twain, air Noise, and eke Sir Stench. 
The saints and martyrs forgive my peevishness. Thus I write 
to thee in l»lmy peace, and tell thee trivial things scarce 
worthy ink, also how I love thee, which there was no need 
to tell, for well thou knowert it. And oh, dear Margaret, 
looking on their roses, which grew in summer, but blow in 
winter, I see the picture of our true aU'ection ; bom it was in 
smilis and bliss, but soon adversity beset us sore with many a 
bitter blast. Yet our love hath lost no leaf, thiuik God, but 
blossoms full and fair as ever, proof against frowns, and jibes, 
and prison, and banishment, as those sweet German flowers a 
blooming in winter's snow. 

" Jmuuiri/ 2. — My servant, the count, finding me curious, took 
me to the stables of the prince that rules this part. In the first 
court was a horse-bath, adorned with twenty-two pillars, graven 
with the prince's arms; and also the horse-leech's shop, so 
furnished as a rich apothecary might envy. The stable is a fair 
quadrangle, whereof three sides filled with horses of all nations. 
Before each horse's nose was a glazed window, with a green 
curtain to be drawn at pleasure, and at his tail a thick wooden 
pilUr with a brazen shield, whence by turning of a pipe he is 
watereil, and serves too for a cupboard to keep his comb and 
rubbing clothes. Each rack was iron, and each manger shuiiuE 
copper, aiul each nag covei-ed with a scariet mantle, and al)ove 
him his bridle and saddle hung, ready to gallop forth in a 
minute ; and not less than two hundred horses, whereof twelve 
score of foreign breed. And we returned to our inn full of 
admiration, and the two varlets said sorrowfully, 'Why were we 
born with two legs?' And one of the grooms that was livil 
and had of me trinkgeld, stood now at his cottage-door and 
asked us in. There we found his wife and children of all ages, 
from five to eighteen, and had but one room to bide and sleep in, 
a thing pestiferous and most uncivil. Then I asked my Servant, 
knew he this prince ? Ay, did he, and had often dnmk with 
him in a marble chamber above the stable, where, for Uble, was 
a curious and artificial rock, and the drinking vessels hang on 
ite pinnacles, and at the hottest of the engagement a sUtue of » 
horseman in bronze came forth bearing a bowl of liquor, and he 
that sat nearest behoved to drain it. ' 'Tis well,' said I : 'now 
for thy penance, whisper thou in yon prince's ear, that Ood 
hath given him his jieople freeW, and not sought a price for 
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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 

them M for horses. And pray him look inside the huts at his 
horse-palace door, and bethink himself is it well to house his 
horses, and stable his folk.' Said he, • 'Twill give sore offenee.' 

But «ud I, 'ye must do it discreetly and choose your time.' 
ao ne promued. And ridins on we heard plaintive cries. 

-■uaj, said 1, 'some sore mischance hath befaUen some iwor 
soul: what may it be.!' And we rode up, and lu! it was a 
wedding fwst, and the guests were plying the business of 
drinking sad and silent, but ever and anon cried loud and dole- 
tuUy, 'Seylefrohch! Be merry.' 

"Janmni .". -Yesterday between .Numberg and Augsburg 
we parted con I [Hny. I gave my lonl, late Servant, back his 
brave clothes for mine, but his horse he made me keep, and 
/t?^. P''=™.».'""',™d he was still my debtor, his penance 
It had been slight along of me, but profitable. But his best 
"TOTd^was this: -I see 'tis more noble to be loved than 

"And then he did so praise me as I blushed to put on miHr ; 
.vet, poor fool, would fain thou couldst hear his words, but from 
some other pen than mine. And the servants did heartily gmp 
my hand, and wish me g-. : 1 luck. And riding apace, yet rauld 
1 not reach Augsburg till tl,e gates were closed ; but it mattered 
little, for this Augsburg it is an ench,,"ted city. For a small 
com one took me a long way round to .. famous postern called 
ocr tinlasse. Here stood two guardi-ms, like sUtues. To 
liem £ gave my name and business. They nodded me leave 
to knock; I knocked; and the iron gate opened with a great 
noise and hollow rattling of a chain, but no hand seen nor 
chain; and he who drew the hidden chain sits a butts length 
from the gate ; and I rode in, and the gate closed with a clmg 
alter me. ** 

Ti," 'i'""^'' "■y*"'™ » »!«■** building with a bridge at my feet 
inis 1 rode over and presently came to a porter's lodge, where 
one asked me again my name and business, then rang a bell 
luicl a great portculUs that barred the way began to rise, drawi; 
by a wheel overhea<I, and no hand seen. Behind the portcullis 
was a thick oaken door studded with steeL It openedwithout 
band, and I rode into a hall as dark as pitch. 
.J'li '?';','';? ?■>«« "."••ile, a door opened and showed me a 
smaller hall lighted. 1 rode into it: a tin goblet came down 
Irom the ceiling by a little chain : I put two batzen into it 
».!■ ,t went up again. Being gone, another thick door creaked 
nnd opened, and I rid through. It closed on me with a 
tremendous clang, and behokl me in Augsburg city. 
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"I lay at an inn called 'The Three Moors,' over an hundred 
years old; and this morning, according lo my way of »«™g 
towns to learn their compass and shape, I mounted the highest 
tower I could «n^, and setting my dial at ">y '<»' »"y!;y« '^^ 
beautiful city: whole streets of palaces and churches tiled with 
copper burnished like gold; and the house ftonts gady painted 
and^l glazed, and the glass so clean and burnished as tis 
most resplendent and rare; and I, now first seeing a great city, 
did crow with delight, and like cock on his ladder and at the 
tower foot was taken into custody for a spy ; for whilst 1 
watched the city the watchman had watched me. 

"The burgomaster received me courteously and heard luy 
story; then rebuked he the officers. 'Could ye not question 
him yourselves, or read in his face? This is to make our city 
stink in strangers" report' Then he told me my curiosity was 
of a commendable sort; and seeing 1 was a craftsman and ui- 
quisitive, l»ide his clerk take me among the giu Ids. O.kI bless 
the city where the very burgomaster is cut of Solomon s cloth . 

"Janmni .?.-Dear Margaret, it is a noble ^ty. «nd a kiml 
mother to arts. Here they cut in wood and ivory, that tis like 
spider's work, and pauit on glass, and sing angelical harmonies 
Writing of books is quite gone by; here be sa pnnters. let 
was I offered a bounUfUl wage to write fairly a merehant s 
accounts, one Fugger, a grand and wealthy tnuler, .md hath 
store of ships, yet his father was but a i»or weaver. But here 
in commerce, her very garden, men swell like mushrooms^ 
And he bought my horse of me, and alMted me not a jot, which 
way of dealing is not known in Holland Butoh Margaret, 
the workmen of all the guilds are so kind and brotherly to one 
another, and to me. . j i i 

" Here, methiuks, 1 have found the true Ciemmn mind, J<>>al, 
frank, and kindly, somewhat choleric withal, but nought re- 
vengeful. Each mechanic wears a sword, 'rhe very weavers 
at the loom sit girded with their weapons, and all Oermans on 
too slight occasion draw them and «ght ; but no tr«.cheiy : 
challemre first, then draw, and with Uie edge only, "Wftly the 
face, not with Sir Point ; for if in these combats one thrust at 
his adveisary and hurt him, 'tis called ein schelemstucke, a 
heinous act, both men and women turn their backs on hiiii ; 
and even the judges punish thrusts bitterly, but pass over cuts. 
Hence in Ge^iaSy b4 good store of scarred faces, three m five 
at least, and in France scaree more than one m three. 

" But in arts mechKiical no citizens may compare with these. 
Fountains in every street that play to heaven, and m tae 
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" I lay al fill iiu 
vearH old ; an'l ti' 
;owii.i *.'! lean! H'-' 

be;uitiuil cil -■ ■ 'V 



, . . i ' Ihe Three Moors, ■nt-r »n hiunlr"^ 
. ..fuiiR, iirL-ordinK lo "iy »>'"■ of vuirm. 

- .ipois ami shape 1 niMHiitnl thf lii«h. 
...1 ^i-lting iiiv ilial Hi im t".!' Mirvcyeil t!' 

.,, -trctrts .if palace-. .ii>il .hurrhiF til«l wit 

kf milil ; ami till- lioii 'C tn"i'' )-'^i'.v I*^"'' 
ami' n'l eli".-d, and thi: ^la^s so rluui ;.l.il liuriiislied a., i, 
>.,osi ..M-kadr,,! a,id rar, ; ai.d 1, no- ■ fir>t .,.,■!„« a «re.l «'. 
dld<-r..« wail dflinhl. an.l like ctH^k oil his ladJ.jr, aiut at tl- 
t,.«iT r.K.t «:.s t-ik .11 iiao custody for a spy . lor whibt 
wntchcl thf city fh.' watihmaii had watclu'l iiii' 

'■The (.lirBoma.st.r r.iTivtd iilc i-ouil i-ly ■mil l"aril r 

ktorv tlii-ii iibiiliwi lit the officers. I ...ild ye n..l <|iiesi. 
hiol'voiirselv.s, or rc.l ... I..s la.'.? lh:s .s to ,„alie ....r .■■' 

slink... ,lri..,Ker,- re|X.rt. li.e.. he toW me ...y cur.os.ty. 
otae,).i.i..e.;.lables..rl: ai.d seein- ' »as a (■.■allsi.ia.i a... 
....isitive, lii.le his clerk tvtke l.le ai......» the j{.illd». (.chI ■■■■ 

the city where the very l.urK..n.a.st, i- is e..t ol v.,l....i..ii s elotli 

.■J„„a,ir» ■■. !).-«.■ M..rB-r.l. :! .s a ..ol.le eity ™l a k, 
,,i..ther to :als. Here Iliey e il u. '«««! ^">d i""?'- '»;'' ''- ' ' 
spider's .v..rk.a...l pn.i.t ...1 cl«.ss, aial sin« a;i.irelie..l ha.-.n..i,. 
VVntu,.' ot l»>.k- .-s ipiil. j'.oe Lv; hen- Ije s.x p.nnters. < 
was I offered ;. I«...i.l!r.il K.Re to write ta.rly a inereli;.. 
ae.-oc.iits, one 1-i.KB.r, a K.-»..d a...l wealthy triider, and ' 
store of ships, yet his father wa. 1)1.1 a ,kk,.- «.-.;.> er. Bi.t 
in eom.iieree. h.r verv ^ardei., ...en s»ell l.k. e.ashr...., 
And he h.>iialit mv horse of n.e. aii.l aliated me li-t :i jot, - 
wav ol d..ali,.n i: not knew.. .. ll..lla,.d. IL.t oh Ma,: 
th,- »..rkme.i .jf all the guilds .ere «. kind i.i.d brotherly i. 
aivcther, an.l ti. m.-. , . 

■ Here. i..-'hink-- I ha^. louiid Ui. true i .en.iaii mind. • 
fricik ami kiwilv. .som.-wlwt eholene ccilhai. lait nouj;!. 
,e,,«ef..l. J'...-ll .m-eha.,,.- -.ea-- a swo.d. H'e '«tfy « - 
,,l ih. Iiaim st girded will, ihe.r weapons, .Uld all t/eniuo.- 
.... .liKhl rK-<;asio.. draw the.n ..nd tiilht . but .... trea. .. 
,h«ilenKC first, the., draw, .cod w.lh the eilRe olll\ , moslh 
ta.s not -with Sir Point ; lor .f ... these eoi. dials om- tl".. 
h.s Klversarv and hurl hnn. 'us eall,-d en. schelemsli.i s 
heiii.ais »et,'ljo!h men and v.-onien tm-n th.-ir liacks on 
and even the judKe* punish tliru.ls b.lt.-rly. l.in pes' ."■ 
Henee in I .einncnv lie ;;i«al slur.- of searn-d lale^, tt..--.- 
at least, and ..'- 1 .^.lec scarce .nor.- than one i.i tl.n-e. 

"But in ..rl» ri,e. hanical no eitij.-ns iiiuy eom|)are w.di . 
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girdena seeming trees, which being >puruiiche<l, one lUnding 
«&r touches a spring, and every twig shoobi water, and souses 
the guests to their host's much delecUtion. Big culverins of 
war they cast with no more ado than our folk horse-shoes, ami 
have done this fourscore years. All stufls they weave, and 
linen fine as ours at home, or nearly, which elsewhere iu Europe 
vainly shall ye seek. 

"Sir Printing ("ress— sore foe to poor Gerard, hut to other 
humans beneficial — plieth by night anil day, and canteth goodlv 
wolds Uke sower afield ; while 1, poor fool, can but sow them 
as I saw women in France sow rye, dribbling it in the furrow 
grain by grain. And of their strange nieehaiiical »kjll Uke two 
examples. 

"For ending of exemplary rogues they have a figure like 
a woman, seven feet high, and called Jung Frau; but lo, 
a spring is touched, she seizeth the jioor wretch with iron 
arms, and opening herself, hales him inside her, and there 
pierces him through and through with two score lances. 

"Secondly, in all great houses the spit is turned not by a 
scrubby boy, but by smoke. Ay, mayst well admire, and judge 
me a lying knave. These cunning Germans do set in the 
chimney a little windmill, and the smoke struggling to wend 
past, turns it, and from the mill a wire runs through the wall 
and turns the spit on wheels; beholding which I doffed my 
bonnet to the men of Augsburg, for who but these had ere 
devised to bind ye so dark and subtle a knave as Sir Smoke, 
and set him to roast Dame Pullet > 

" This day, January 8, with three craftsmen of the town, I 
painted a pack of cards. They were for a senator, in a hurry, 
I the diamonds. My queen came forth with eyes like spring 
violets, hair a golden brown, and witching smile. My fellow- 
craflsmen saw her, and put their arms round my neck and 
hailed me master. Oh, noble (iennans ! No jealousy of a 
brother-workman: no sour looks at a stranger; and would 
have me spend Sunday with them after matins; and the 
merchant paid me so richly as I was ashamed to take the 
guerdon; and I to my inn, and tried to paint the queen of 
diamonds for poor Gerard; but no, she would not come like 
again. Luck will not be bespoke. Oh, happy rich man that 
hath got her ! Fie ! fie ! Happy Genud that shall have her- 
self one day, and ki ep house with her at Augsburg. 

"January 8. — With my fellows, and one Veil Stoss, a wood- 
carver, and one Hafnagel, of the goldsmiths' guild, and their 
wives and lasses, to Hafiiagel's cousin, a senator of this free 
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city, »nd his stupendous wIne-vMKl. It is riblied like n ship, 
and hath been eighteen months in hanil, and finished but n(w, 
and holds a hundre.1 and fitVy hogsheads, and sUndeth not, but 
lleth i yet even so ye get not on his back, withouten ladders 
two ot thirty steps. And we sat about the miraculous mas*, 
and drank Rhenish from it, drawn by a lillle artificial pump 
and the lasses pinned their cranties to it, and we danced rouml 
it, and the senator danced on its back, hut with drinkmg of ^^< 
many garausses, lost his footing and fell off, glass in hand, and 
bmkc in arm and a leg in the midst of u». So scurvlly ended 
our drinking bout for this time. 

"Janmn, ID.— This day started for Venice with a company of 
merchants, and among them him who hml desired me for his 
scrivener; and so we are now agreed, I to write at night the 
letters he sholl diet, and other matters, he to feed and lodge 
me on the mad. We be many and armetl, and soldiers with us 
to boot, so fear not the thieves which men say lie on the borders 
of Italy. But an' if 1 find the printing press at Venice I trow 
I shall not go unto Rome, for man may not vie with iron. 

" Imprimit una dies quantum non scribitur anno. And, dearest, 
something tells me you and I shall end our days at Augsburg, 
whence going, I shall leave it all I can— my blessing. 

"Jnmam 12.— My master affecteth me much, and now 
maketh mi sit with him in his hoise-littcr. A grave good man, 
of all respected, but sad for loss of a dear daughter, and loveth 
my psaltery : not giddy-paced ditties, but holy harmonies su. h 
as Cul de Jatte made wry mouths at. So many men, so many 
minds. But cwiped in horse-litter and at night writing his 
letters, my journal halteth. 

" Jmmni 14.— When not attending on my good merchant, 
1 consort with such of our company as are lulians, for 'tis to 
Italy 1 wend, and I am ill seen in ItalUn tougue. A courteous 
and a subtle people, at meat delicate feeders and cleanly : love 
not to put their left hand in the M!.h. They say Venice is the 
garden of Lombardy, Lorabardy the garden of lUly, Italy ot 
the world. 

■ .lanuary l(i.— Strong ways and steep, and the mountai Is 
so gir<lcd up, as from their armpits to their waist is . a 
handful. Jf all the garbs I yet have seen, the most uidovels 

-In the midst of life we are in death. Oh < 
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dair Margaret, I thought I had loit th«. Here 1 lie in pain 
and dole, »nd >hall write thee th«t, which read you it in a 
romance ye ihould crj. ' Mo«t improbable I ' And ao atlU 
WOTdering that I am alive to write it, and thanking for it God 
and the «atnt», this is wlwt befell thy Gerard. 

"Yestreen I wearied of being shut up in litter, and of the 
mule s slow pace, and su went forward ; and l)eing, I know not 
why, stnngelv full of spirit and hope, as I have heard befall 
some men when on troubles brink, seemeil to tread on air. 
and soon distanced them all. Hresenlly I came to two road, 
and took the larger ; I should have Uken the smaller. After 
travelhng a good half-hour, I found my error, and returned ; 
and deeming my comiiany had long passed by, pushed bravely 
on. but I could not overtake them ; and small wonder, as you 
shall hear. Then I was anxious, and ran. but bare was the 
road ot those I sought ; and night came down, and the wild 
beasts afoot, and 1 bemoaned my folly ; also 1 was hungered. 
Ihe moon rose clear and bright exceedingly, and presently a 
little way oH the road I saw a tall windmill. 'Come,' said I 
' mayhap the miller » ill take ruth on me.' ' 

" Near the mill was a haystack, and scattered about were 
store of little barrels; but lo I they were not Hour^barrels 
but tor-bari^ls, one or two, and the rest of spirits, Brant vein 
and Schiedam ; 1 knew them momently, having seen the like 
in nolland. 

"I knocked at the mill door, but none answered. I lifted 
the latch, and the door opened inwards. I went in, and 
gladly, for the night was fine but cold, and a rime on the 
trees, which were a kind of lofty sycamores. There was a 
stove, but black ; I Ughted it with some of the hay and wood, 
for there was a great pile of wood outside, and I know not how 
I went to sleep. Not long had I slept, I trow, when hearing 
a noise, I awoke j and there were a doien men around me, with 
wild faces, and long black hair, and black sparkling eye*." 

Calherme. "Oh, my poor boy I those black-haired onea do 
still scare me to look on." 

" I made my excuses in such Italian as I knew, and eking out 
by signs. They grinned. 'I had lost my company.' They 
grinned. 'I was an hungered.' Still they grinnetl, and spoke 
to one another in a tongue 1 knew not. At last one gave 
me a piece of bread and a tin mug of wine, as I thought 
but it was spirits neat. I made a wiy face and asked for 
water: then these wild men laughed a horrible laugh. 1 
thouirht to fly, but looking towanls the door, it was bolted 
with two enormous bolts of iron, and now first, as I ate 
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my bre«l, I «w II wm .11 gtt.nl«l too, .nd ribl>«l •"* 
iron. My blpotl cuTdled within me, .nd yrt 1 could not 
tell tliee why; but hMlrt thou ieen the {tea, wild, .tupid, 

*"" rmumbled my bread, not to let them «e I fe.re<l them ; 
but oh, it cost me to iwJIow It .nd keep It In me. ITieii 
it whirled in my brain, wM there no w.y to escpe ? S.ld 
I 'Thev will not let me forth by the door; these be .mugglem 
J, robber..' So 1 feigned drowslneM, Mid Uking out two 
UUen Mid, '(iood men, for our Udy « gmce '«* ">« »« °" 
„ bed .nd »leep, for I .m fidnt with tmveL They nodded 
.nd grinned their horrtble grin. Mid b«le one light . Unthom 
uid lend me. , . 

"He took me up . winding «t.lrcMe, up, up, .nd I s.w 
no window., but the wooden wdU were plereed like a b«bicMi 
tower, wid methlnk. for the »«ne purpoK, Mid through the« 
slits I got glimpse, of the rity. Mid thought, '^h»' • '" 
we thee lig.in?' He took me to the very top of the mill, 
.nd there wm . room with . he.p of str.w In one corner 
.nd m.ny e.npty barrels, .nd by the w.11 . truckle b«J »' 
pointed to it, .nd went dowmUirs he.vlly, taking the light, 
for In this room wu a gre»t window, Mid the moon CMue 

'" """locked out to Me, Mid lo. It w«s so high th.t even the 
mill sails at their highest cme not up to my window by some 
feet, but turned very slow uid itately undeme.th, for wind 
there wa« scMce . bre.th; Mid the tree, seemed silver filagree 
mwle by Migel craftsmen. My hope of flight was gone. 

" But now, those wild feces being out of sight, I smiled at my 
fears: what an' if they were 111 men, would it profit them t.. 
hurt me? N'atheless, for caution against surprise, I would put 
the bed against the door. 1 went to move It, but could not. 
It was fre!?«t the head, but at the foot fast eUmped with Iron 
to the floor So I flung my pwltery on the bed, but for myself 
made a layer of straw at the door, so u none could open on me 
un.w.res. And I laid my sword re«ly to my hund. And s.id 
mv oravers for thee and me, .nd turned to sleep. 

"Beiow they drank and mude merry. And he.nng this gave 
me confidence. S.id I, 'Out of sight, out of mind Wher 
hour and the good Schiedam will muke them forget that 1 am 
here.- And so I composed myself to sleep. And for some time 
eould not for the boisterous mirth below. At lust I dropped 
off How long I slept I knew not; but I woke with . stMt: 
the noise h.d ceased lielow, and the sudden silence woke me. 
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THR CLOISTEH AND THK HEARTH 

(jone with ,1 lou.1 .UiiK »ll \„,t llir (vrt, and tlir Mm.r yawned, 
md I I.«nl iny BMlteiy fall ami break to atonw, .Irep, dcm 

And to had I done, lying where It lay. " 

Marpn-t >huililered and put her face in her hand>. But 
■peedily resumed. 

" I l«y stupeBed at fir.t Then honor fell on me and I ro,e, 
but iitiKHl nioted there, shaking from head l„ foot. At last I 
found myielt looking down into that fearsome gap, and my very 
hair did bristle «, 1 peere.1. And then, 1 remember. I turned 
quite calm, ami maile up iny mind to die awoid in hand For I 
saw no man muit know this their bloody «eeret and live And I 
said, ■l',«,r Margant!' And I t.K.k out of my lK»om. where 
they lie ever our marriage lines, and kl>.e<l them again and 
.gain. And I pinneil then, to my shirt again, that they mieht 
lie in one grave with me, if <llr I must. .\,„| | thought 'All 
uur love and ho|ie» to eml thus I ' " 

Eli. •■Whisht all.' Their marriage lines .> (Jive her time! 
Hut no word. 1 ean bear no chat. My |)oor lail ' 

During the long pause that ensued Catherin. leaned forwanl 
>nd passed something admitlv from her own lap under her 
daughter s apron who sat next her. 

" Presently thinking, all in a whirl, of all that ever pMsed 
between us, and Uhing leave of all those pleasant hours, I 
™lle.l to mind how one day at Sevenbergcn thou taughest me 

make a rope of straw. Mindest thou ? The moment memory 
brought tliat happy day Iwek to me, I cried out very loud • 

Margaret gives me a chance tor life even here.' 
" I woke from my lethargy. I seijol on the straw and twisted 
It eagerly as thou didst teach me, but my fingers trembled and 
Jflayed the task Whiles I wrought I heard a door open below. 
Ihat was a terrible moment Even as I twisted my rope I got 
to the window and l.»ke<l down at the great arms of the mill 
corning slowly up, then passing, then turning less slowly down 
•s it seemed : and 1 thought, 'They go not as when there is 
»uid : yet, slow . .<■ fast, what man rid ever on such steed as these 
and Ived. Yet said I. 'better trust to them and God than 
to ill men. And I prayed to Him whom even the wind 
"Oeyetli. 

1 "'^«" M"g»re'. ' fastened my rope, anil let myself gently 
Uowii, and fixed my eye on that huge arm of the mill, which 
ibeii was creeping up to mc, and went to spring on to it But 
i".v heart failed me at the pinch. And methought it was not 
near enow. And it passed calm anil awful by. I watched for 

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■iwthcr i lh»y were three. And after • Utile *lille one crept 
up 'lower than the r.«t methouKht. And I with my loot lh™«t 
myielf In (PxkI lime ...nitwhat out Itoni the w.11, ami crying 
.loud 'Margiiret!' .11.1 ifnp "ilh all '"y »oul the woodwork 
of the nail, and that moment was iwimminK In the air. 

Gila. " Well done ! well Jone ! " 

" Motion I felt little ; but the «Ur« »eemed to BO round the 
■ky ami thill the (tnuti came up to me nearer and nearer, and 
when the hoary (jra«" wa» quite clone 1 wa. Kiit rollinn alon^ 
it as if hurled fn.iil a catapult, and got up breathlras, mid every 
point and tie aUiut mc broken. 1 roue, but fell down again in 
agony. 1 hiul but one leg I could aUnd on." 

Calhrrinr. "Ell! dear I his leg is broke, my boys leg i. 

■■ And ceil as 1 Uy groaning, I heard a lounil like thumler. 
It was the iissanslna running up the stairs. The cra»y old mill 
■hook under them. Tliey must have found 1 had not talliii 
into their bloody trap, and were running to deB|«Uh me. 

" Margaret, I felt no fear, for I had now no hope. 1 could 
neither run nor hide : »o wild the place, so bright the nuwii 
I struggled up nil agony and revenge, more like some woundei 
wild beast than vour (leranl. Leaning on my sword hilt I 
hobbled round; and swift as lightning, or vengeance, I heaped 
a great pile of their hay and wood at the mill door ; then drove 
niv dagger into a barrel of their smuggled .piriU, and Hung il 
on : then out with my tiiuler and lighted the pile. 'This w, I 
bring true men round my dea.1 body.' said I. ' Alu. ! 1 cncd, 
•think you Ml die alone, cowards, assasains i reckless fiends 
and at each word on went a barrel pierced. 

" But oh, Margaret ] the fire fe'f by the spirits surprised me : 
it shot up and singed my very hair, it went roaring up the side 
of the miU, swift as falls the lightning; and 1 yelled and 
laughed in my torture and despair, and pierced more barrels, 
and the very tar-banwls, and flung them on. The fire roared 
like a lion for its prey, and voices answered it inside from llie 
top of the mill, and 'the feet came thundering down, and 1 
stood at near that awful fire as I could, with uplifted sword to 
Slav and be slain. The bolt w.» drawn. A tar-barrel caught 
(ire. The door was opened. What followed ? Not the men 
came out, but the fire rushed in at them like a living dealli, 
and the first I thought to fight with was blackened wid 
cnimpled on the floor like a leaf One fearsome yell, am 
dumb for ever. The feet ran up again, but fewer. I heard 
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Ibcni h«k with Uwlr nmnla . ii>.i 

•■".Jrn ,ld„, butXv Udto time ^ T "•".•' ""■ ""»■• 

.«o„h .c™. down thnLl ,7. '"'', ""',•»«><','« n-y ...ked 
«>n.e one by one , J „ . "'' ' ''""' ' ""* >' •""«t 

And now there wm . ,t™|y r,«r'l„ 
■Urted through each l,„„|„,ie ,„d ,£,, 
fc-ft and bounded from the himl ground hko 

imll in ul,een, ,.„l shot f, rth ^T •""""'' """"«"' 'l»' 

1.ke, of fiery ;„"w • ™d tt J "■."'>""' ""' V«rks lik,- 
"Kl I became « nT™"Zi, " '' •■"''K'" ««• "Mr after «, other; 

P«t bodily Ln cmw Tlv^L !",! "' ""r ""'■"'f^' ""<! ' ith 
«.ret, the riryt.^*':^^'^^'" ,''«."-«'• •*•«'■ <"»'■ M«r. 
JUpee, and la«, cTwebTneT St '^^t P'Tu"'" "' «"'''™ 
Iwutiful! And . Do<r»r^rn'l. .'' "."■'.''''''• '"''"lort 
-ii». and whirW roS s'^lm^nran'd rfh' ,'." "'- """""« 
Umc, and hurU^d like HtonTf^™*' '"" ?"'"' "' ""e wrong 

"■". a -lull thump it w." hisTT. ""TJl"' '"",'' """ ""' »"■ 
n«t moment ,he^n=' waaa ,oud e™T' '"*'""'' "" '""'' ''•"■ 

« million more ,p.rka He" .mind th^ Z'" T"'"' ""'' «* ""' 
"-"".ing wood «.d men. I L7^ C.odT ""' """T" *"'' 
'"ft with my back to that C h ■ , T"*" ""••'""' ''neel 

™<1: a welcome J^ht^'StSaa a""™ '' ' """ '*'"' ™ "■' 
■M, and »carce two furlr,„L^ «»npany coming towanls 

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root to the ground, maugre the «ng.ii»h, uil fled towards the 
torche., moiSiing with p«in, and shonting for a,d. But what 
could I do ? He gained on me. Behooved me turn and fight. 

"Denys had taught me «word play in "wrt. I "h"!™' "»' 
swoids clashed His clothes they smelled all smged. 1 cut 
swiftly upward with supple hand, and his dangle.1 bleeding at 
the irist, M.d his moid fell; it tinkled on the groun<L 
rai LT^ny sword to hew him should he stoop Wt. He stood 
™rcursed me. He drew his dagger with his left; I opposed 
my point and dared him with my eye to dose A great shout 
a^sL behind me from true mens throats. He started He 
spat at me in his rage, then gn«<hed h,s teeth and fled U^ 
pheming. I turned and saw torches close at hand Lo, they 
fell to dancing up and down raethought, and the next- 
moment— all— was— dark. 1 had— aA/" 

CMeriHe. "Here, help I water I Stand aloof, you that be 

men ! " 

Margaret had fainted away. 



CHAPTER LH 

Whin she recovered, her he«I wh, a Catherines arm, and 
the hone.<t half of the family she had invaded like a foe stood 
round her uttering rough homely words of encouragement, 
Specially Giles, who roared at her that she was not to Uke ou 

like that 

"Gerard was alive and well, or he could net have writ 
this letter, the biggest mankiml had seen as yet, «■«'. ^'j « 
thought, "the beautifullest, and most moving, and smallest 

*^.'Ay, good Master Giles," sighed Margaret feeblv, "he «|. 
,Hve But how know 1 what hath aince befcUen him? Oh 
why left he Holland to go among strangers fierce as lions 
And why did I not drive him from me sooner than part hini 
from his own flesh and blooiU Forgive me, you that are his 

""And she genUy removed Catherine, ami, and made a fuebl. 
attempt to slide off the chair on to her knees, -"fh, ^r^ . 
brief stnujgle with superior force, ended in her finding hersell 
on Catherine's bosom. > ci, j ...j f.i„ilv 

Then Margaret held out the letter to EU, and "dd &mUy 
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"Read thou. Rjchart " sairf Prj • "»kj- t_ 

mine." ' "'"*-"• ""»« ''yes be younger than 

Richart took the letter. " Well " iu,i,l h. „ i 
I never. A writeth with » „,. jl ■ ■ ' ""'' "^''"B «»' 

;jhat,»dthe^,Hud.^e<,a."kt^^^^^^^^^^ 

?r*7«fL ".'""' ''™ ' "-less him J •• 
£/i. "Whisht!" 

" And I told him what had befallm u. i ■ 

It was sprained sore, and swelled »t,h T?"'*" "'^ ""^ ^'l'- 

.neve^over Jy ^roi.n'r!:Z!-^^l: T^''-^::^^ 
Iklher. '^ ^ * ' " '""""'- ""■' t™""! -ne like a kind 

fo™^:s"wrth\-;;'t;"a:;ll '? "' e-^ li""- '-^ - - ?-"-« 

-ndeth me to ted ^nd In"", '^ 8"°"' '''"'' "'^■^''•"^ 

h" pocket ^d «L 1 """'" ',!'•'■»■ <> piece of work out of 
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to observation were babies' caps, and more than half finished, 
which told a tale. Horror ! they were like little monks' cowls 
in shape and delicacy. 

'* January 20.— Laid up in the litter, and m ffood as blind, but 
halting to bait, Lombardy plains burst on me. Oh, Margaret ! 
a land flowing with milk and honey ; all sloping plains, goodly 
rivers, jocund meadows, delectable orchards, and blooming 
gardens; and though winter, looks warmer than poor beloved 
Holland at midsummer, and makes the wanderer's face to shine, 
and his heart to leap for joy to see earth so kind and smiling. 
Here be vines, cedars, olives, and cattle plenty, but three goats 
to a sheep. The draught oxen wear white linen on their 
necks, and standing by dark green olive-trees each one is ii 
picture ; and the folk, especially women, wear delicate strawen 
hats with flowers and leaves fairly imitated in silk, with silver 
mixed. 

"This day we crossed a river prettily in a chained ferry- 
boat. On either bank was a windlass, and a single n*an by 
turning of it drew our whole company to his shore, whereat 
1 did admire, being a stranger. Passed over with us some 
country folk. And an old woman looking at a young wench, 
she did hide her face with her hand, and held her crucilix out 
like knight his sword in tourney, dreading the evil eye. 

" January 25, — Safe at Venice. A place whose strange and 
passing beauty is well known to thee by report of our mariners. 
Dost mind, too, how Peter would oft fill our ears withal, we 
handed beneath the table, and he still discoursing of this sea- 
enthroned and peerless city, in shape a bow, and its great 
canal and palnces on piles, and its watery ways plied by scores 
of gilded Iwmts; and that market place of nations, orfm. mm 
urbix, J'ortim, St. Mark his place? And his sUtue with the 
peerless jewels in his eyes, and the lion at his gate? But I, 
lying H,c my window in pain, may see none of these beautifv 
AS yet, but only a street, fairly paved, which is dull, and house'; 
with oiled paper and linen, in lieu of gla^'i, which is rude; and 
the passers-by, their habits and their gestures, wherein they 
are superfluous. Therefore, not to miss my daily comfort oi 
whispering to thee, 1 will e'en turn mine eyes iiiwani, and 
bind my sheaves of wisdom reaped by travel. Kor 1 love thee 
lo, that no treasure pleases me not shared with thee ; and wh«t 
treasure so good and enduring as knowledge ? 

"This then have 1, Sir Footsore, leaniec). that each nation 
hath its proper wisdom, and its proper folly; and methiiiks, 
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undfressen so kaLtu kltn,?^ h ''' , ^""■' "'"^ht muffin 

the vulgar sort ^1 s d";'"but Thrlf h"?,' , ',", '-"S'""^' 
this a reproaih a.id rlr" ft ' i, uu '""^"'"plul liold excess in 

use little mirth, or d.Vo„r". h r, ,.1 ?, """'.'"P' th* <>"„»,„ 

™ppin«»>?'tri;i;;t::ri;r;r;:!,-:'^:;^'-l";f>"-l 

in their mouths T« ,s „f T ''■'''''■<■»■ ^l-^"-? "iH' i'^hbles 
•jar.sowith these flI;i;K 1; ""'': '"' '•"■ "•' """" l"-'-' 
inwanl . Jrt" p te of wJ.h ■■''"^' '." ''"] ""= •>>=«' "'' ""eir 

some innocent <iisease thereJi.V ' "'"' "'"'' "' ""'' "^'f' 

it were, k* iVZi.'^^S ^J^ l' ", '"""'""' •"■'' «» 

^^^ii^i^S'-r-T'"^^^^^ 

•nd 1 did gTve ft hta • •■ ^ " '" "^ '''"~"' ""» -t^eruo-.n, 

.^;;^ ::;^: r-iiirtiidij:!: --»"-. -'-'^ 

bar. but™?", tirenort.:"'f "' '.'l" r''''^' ''""'' "'™-l™» 

'tis the liquor, not th, m „l f' r Uu7 "'' 'l""-™''"""-^. l^"' 
And when thev have ,l,Z i ,, ^ ' """'' rcvenReful. 
■t sober ■nli 1, ; '"^ *"'«"'" ■'■■"nl', they stand to 

"yt::^„J^> wh!:t rfnT^r'':r''"''"/r ^""«- •■ ■■■- 

""dsid.. gather and e ,l Th *^ " "' ''"'' S""" ""X "'"^ 

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very life in in jeoi""*)- "T'" e»tiii« of that Heaven gave to be 
drunken. 

"The Fmwli Hw mueli fairer spoken, and nut nijfh so Inn- 
liearted. Sweet words <wt Ihem nought. They call it payer m 
bhnchr." 

DmyK. " i>es coquins ! ha ! ha ! " 

" Nathelcss, courtesy is in their heart's, ay, in their vtrv 
blood. niey sav commonly, ' (>ivr yourself the trouble of 
sitting do«-n.' .\nd such straws of s|ieccli show how blows 
the wind. Also ;it a public show, if you would leave your scat, 
vet not l(we it, tie but your napkin round the bench, and in. 
French man or woman will sit here i but rather keep the placi 
for you." 

Cill/irrwe. "(imnicrcy ! that « manners. France for mc ! 
Dcnys rose ami placed his hand gracefully to his breastphiU. 
" Na'theless, they say things in s|)ort which are not courteoii~, 
but shocking. ' i,c dinblc femjiorte ! ' ' Allcz au diabic ! ' mti\ 
s<i forth. Hut I trow they mean not such dreallful wislu^ 
custom lielikc. Moderate 'ni drinking, and mix water with 
their wine, and sing and dance over their cups, and are th( ii 
enchanting coni|iany. They arc curious not to drink in an- 
other man's cup. . .. , , 
"In war tlic English gain the lietter of them in the hclil 
but the French are their masters in attack and ilcfence nl 
cities; witness Orleans, where they besieged their besiegers, 
and hashed them sore with their double ami treble culverinc-; 
and many i/thcr sieges in this our ccntun'- More than all 
nations they flatter their women, anil despise them. No Shr 
may be their sovereign ruler. Also they often hang llnir 
female malefactors, instead of drowning them decently, as otlirr 
nations use. The furniture in their imis is wahmt, in Ocnnini) 
only deal, i'rench windows are ill. The lower half is of wisxi. 
and opens ; the upper half is ot glass, but fixed ; so that th. 
;-ervant ciiinot conic at it to clean it. The C.erman wimlcif 
art all gla«s. and moMibIc, and shine far and near liki 
diamonds In France many mean houses are not glazed al 
all. Once I viw ;. Frenchman jiass a church without un- 
b<jnnetii.s. This I nc'ir witnessed in Holland, (icnnany, "r 
Italy. A. many inns they show the traveller his sl."els, m 
give him a^suram■c they are clean, ,ind warm them at the firr 
before him- c laudable custom. They riicivc him kincllv .mil 
like n gue-t ; they mostly cheat him, anil whiles cut his thr,iHl 
They plead m excuse hard and tyrannous la»» And true it i- 
their law thnisleth its im,e into' eicry j.latter, and its fiiic"' 
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«.d their fun. indoor,, M,d go ,bro«i lighter cl«l. I„ (;e,Tn.n, 

JvZ r'/"** *^","^'' ■='""'' *" «" ■'""••l ; '•"' «it I»«heart.d 
and light clad round the stove. 

"The French intermix not the men and women folk in 
aMembhes a, we Hollanderi u.e. Hound their preachers the 
women sit on their heeU in rows, and the men stand l«hii„l 
them. Ilieir harvests are rye, and Hax, and wine. Three 
mnles shall you see to one horse, and whole fl.K-ks of sheep as 
black as coal. ' 

" In (iermaiiy the snails be re.1. 1 lie not. The French huy 
minstrelsy l,„t breed jests, and make their own mirth. The 
f-erm«>, foster their set fools, with car-caps, which move them 
to laughter by simulating madness; a calamity that asks pity, 
not l«|gliter. In this particular I deem that lighter iJuon 
wiser than the graver German. What sayest thou? Ala. I 
canst not answer me now. 

"In (iermany the petty laws are wondmus wise and just 
lliose against criminals, bloody. In Fmnce lilo,Klier still- 
ami executed a trifle more cnielly there. Here the wheel is 
common, and the 6cry stake; and under this king they drown 
men by the score in Paris river, Seine yclept But the Fjiglish 
are as peremptory in hanging and drowning for a light fault ; 
so travellers report. Finally, a true-hearte<l Frenchman, when 
ye chance <m one, is a man as near perfect as earth affords : 
and such a man is my Dcnys, spite of his foul mouth." 

Dfm.. ".My foul mouth ! Is that so writ. Master Richart.'" 
iuchari. " Ay, in sooth ; .see else." 

Dm;/, (iiis,wcting the letter gravely). " I read not the 
letter so. 
Riciarl. " How then > " 

/W "Humph! ahem I why j„sl the contrary." He 
«dded: ris kittle work perusing .,l these black scratches 
men are agreed to wke lor words. AihI I trow 'tis still by 
Suess you clerks do go, w.irthy sir. .My foul mouth .' This is 
the^fint time e er I heard on't. Eh, in.sdames > " 

But the females did not seize the opportunitv he gave 
llera, and burst into a lo. ,1 and general disoUimer.' MHrgaret 
Washed anl said nothing; the other two beni silently over 
their work with something very like a sly smile Deiiys in- 
spected their countenances long and carefully. Ami the 
jierusa was so satisfactory, that he turned with a ton* of 
injured, but patient innocence, and bade liiclmrt rcii.l on 

' The Italians are a jiolished and subtle people. I'hey judge 
« man, not by his habits, biK his speech and gesture. Here 
sir Chough may by no means pass for falcon gentle, as did 
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I in Oerman}', pniiknl in iny nolile aervsnt's femthers. Wisrsl 
of «U nations in tlieir Rinj^lar temperance of food and drinlt. 
Most fooli-h *if all to search strangers coming into tiicir boitlers, 
and stay them from brinj^ng much money in. They should 
rather Invite it, and like other nutioiu, let the traveller from 
taking of it out Also here in Venice the damea turn their 
black hair yellow by the sun and art, to be wiser than Him 
who made them. Ye enter no Italian town without a bill 
of health, though now is no plague in Europe. This peevish- 
ness is for extortion's sake. The innkee|)en cringe and fawn, 
and cheat, and in country places, murder you. Yet will they 
give you clean sheets by paying therefor. Delicate in eating, 
and abhor from putting their hand in the plate; sooner they 
will apply a crust or what not. They do even tell of a 
cardinal at Rome, which armeth his guest's left hand with n 
little bifurcal dagger to hold the meat, while his knife cutteth 
it But methinks this, too, is to be wiser than Him, who made 
the hand so supple and prehensile." 

A'/i. " I am of your mind, my lad." 

" They are sore troubled with the itch. And ointment for it, 
tmgumlo per la rvgna, is cried at every corner of Venice. From 
this my window I saw an urchin sell it to three several dames 
in silken trains, and to two velvet knights." 

Calherme. " Italy, my lass, I rede ye wash your Uidy i' the 
tub o' Sundays : and then ye can put your hand i' the plate o' 
'lliursday withouten offence." 

" Their bread is lovely white. Their meats they spoil with 
sprinkling cheese over them ; oh, j»er\'cr8ity ! Their salt i. 
black ; without a lie. In comnurce these Venetia»i are 
masters of the earth and sea ; and govern their temtorirs 
wisely. Only one flaw I find ; the same I once heard a kearnni 
friar east up agiilnst Plato his republic : to wit, that here wonirn 
are encouraged to venal frailty, and do pay a tex to the State. 
which, not content with silk and spice, and other rich and 
honest freights, good store, must trade in sin. Twenty 
thousand of these Jezabels there lie in Venice and Candia, and 
about, pamjiered and honoured for bringing strangers to the 
city, and many live in princely palaces of their own. But 
herein methinks the politic signors of Venice forget what 
King David saith, 'Except the Lord keep the city, the watch- 
man waketh but in vain.' Also, in religion, they hang their 
cloth acconlinjj to the wind, siding now with the Pope, mm 
with the Turk; but aye with the god of traders, inararaon 
hight Shall flower so cankered bloom to the world's end ? 

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TJ^^A '^' . '" '™™" they nip cerUin of the buddine 
tCr ""^"l"" "■"• TSen In winter they dig Zmd 
U.««d «„„r.pd plant,, ™d put in clo,e, ; .nd « »i?h^t 
at rear sweet.«*nled iwies, and brinR them to niarketin 
J«.u.ry. And did first learn thi>, art „f a J^. «■*, ,he 
g™.^ln.umn,er,andthey»pr„utedatyule. "■■"•■he 

-« I / ^ • "' '? i**- •^•'" " *" « Herman. Italy loo for 
And next for fountam. I, Augsburg, wlierc they hames, the 
ZL^"'R,.f'?"':'' " «°^ ^r ■''P"' »"■' •»' tumeth\t„,.t Master 
iTf, ■ p!1 '* IV"' P'""" ''«■•'''' ™™'' '»'-' '»«"» 'here 
Lein nlST; """■^h «»rni„K giddy fouuUins, bring wat« 
Ume In plp« to every burgher', door, and he (illeth hi, vewe" 

ml ""1"* "^ ' T''- O"" '" I^n'l»"- » watered "h^ 

many a year by p pe, of a league from Haddington, a neigh- 
jmrmg eity ; and the other Is the fair town of Eubeek. /Uw 
he heree English are reported to me wise in thaVthey wiU 
not share the.r l«,d au.l flock, with wolves; but have ferry 
dnven those marauders into their mountains. But neither h^ 
Franee.nor Ge™«,y, „<>r Italy, i, a wayfarer', life safe fmm 
the vagabones after sundown. 

lin " ' ""^ *""' °' "".t'*""' house in all Venice ; but only oiled 
men and paper: and behind these barbarian eyelets, a w.J™ 

«v ttt « " '""■*^"' P*'""'"'' "hieh Is a, mueh as t^ 

I^"- ""',' P'?y •^'"•' '■'" "'*'= """"••'l that ther; a" 
«irr "'7 ^ ''?''C' "" »"«'«'"' -«' «n harlot an hTrlo, 
;!ho""''= ""•' ''"" *'''"■' '""' f"""" ""h silken nime, 

A7. (with a ,igh> "He should have been a priest, saving 

your prewnce, my poor lass. >«ving 

"Go to, iwevish writer; art tied smarting by the leg and 

r„„rikra:^:k^"m'^r' "-'- ^ '"' >^» '^''^^'^" 

"Jawary 96.— Sweetheart, I must '.e brief, and tell thee 

"-.ught It »,ls for thee, and 1, unhappy, m>t with it but 
("■inort,.w, in another ship, to Rome. ' 

StM^A h"*r'\' ";? ">"'' ''"-'■■ '"rf »"' '-"-rie,! to 

. . » kl ,,^""''- .""'"de it, towards the market-pUce, 

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braw by the ancient Romans, and seem all moving, and at the 
very next atep muat needa leap down on the beholder. About 
the church are aix hundred plllara of marble, porphyry, auil 
ophltea. Inkide is a treasure greater than either at St Denys, 
or Loretto, or Toledo. Here a jewelled pitcher given the 
seigniory by a Persian king, also the ducal cap biasing with 
jewels, and on its crown a diamond and a chrysohte, each as 
big as an almond ; two golden crowns and twelve golden stom- 
achers .•'(■.: led with jewels, from Constantinople; item, a mon- 
strous nuiiobire ; item, a great diamond given by a French king ; 
item, '. I rodigious carlHincle ; item, three unicorns' horns. Bui 
what u • these compared with the sacred reUcs f 

"D.^^r Margaret, I stood and Mvr the brasen chei«t that 
holds the body of St Mark the Evangelist. I saw with these 
eyes and handled his ring, and his gospel written with his 
own hand, and all ray travels seemed light; for who am I 
that I should see such things? Dear Margaret, his sacred 
body was first brought from Alexandria by merchants in BIO, 
and then not priz«l as now; for between 829, when this 
church was builded, and 1094, the very place where it lav 
was forgotten. Then holy priests fasted and prayed mam 
days seeking for light, and lo ! the Evangelist's body brake 
at midnight through the marble and stood before them. 
They fell to the earth; but in the morning found the crevice 
the sacred body had burst through, and peering through it 
saw him lie. Then they took and laid him in his chest 
beneath the altar, and carefully put back the stone with its 
miraculous crevice, which crevice I saw, and shall gape for 
a monument while the world lasts. 

"After that they showed me the Virgin's chair, it '■' of 
stone; also her picture, painted by St Luke, very dark, ai i 
the features now scarce visible. Tnis picture, in ♦.imo it 
drought, they carry in procession, and brings the rain. 1 
wish I had not seen it. Item, two pieces of marble spotted 
with John the Baptist's blood; item, a piece of the true 
cross, and of the pillar to which Christ was tied; item, tiie 
rock struck by Moses, and wet to this hour; also a stone 
Christ sat on, preaching at Tyre ; but some say it is the one 
the patriarch Jacob laid his head on, and I hold witia them, 
by reaaon our Lord never preached at Tyre. 

"Going hence, they showed me the state nursery for the 
children of those aphrodisian dames, their favountes. Heie 
in the outer wall wa» a broad niche, and if they bring them 
so little as they can squeeae them through it alive, the b«im 
falls into a net inside, and the sUte takes charge of it, but 
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.11 three to the 4b »„,1 T M^, ''?'" ,""=■" ""' '•""■g" 
"*n f.ith. No s..t bu , he^/^ "^ "^ °""" '"«' "«" 
high. ..Hee for th.?':.r^'^^e'l,':l.: """^' "" '^'' ""'^ " 

..^noC^ot-nTh:!/^-,^^^^^^^^^^ 

gentle f"lk. wh'i^p/ll^^tl^erji^ '^^'e" '"T"'; ""',"™ 
•words by their side Four 1™,K ? ''" '™°' "'«■• 

either .idea.nL>e to ,«iL .T ^S *■"* ""•>'' ^W'^'' dW on 
1"..! in lieu ofC.rter'T. .""l" '"■"' ""'' "° '"'''"' their 
twindrugged the w7ne?nJ h""** ."' " •""'"»' """I"' "«« 
pane, to f^ehgS^ ",r;^ thr.K™" ^T™"* " ""'■^'>- 

'l.r.ve„en-aS "Tbl :L,:e,linT^r,n;;Sr '"^ '°"J 
cursing of one iinother and th-JflTi ^ J '^' """"y- *"•' 

■ibly, md the lar^d for wki ^ .1 *["*;',*'"'' "" ""'d-ded miser- 

:£^toa^Js;:iS:„;i?;''^!:zr^::^'-2^ 
.K:^ert.'s^<:«;'— :.^:^-r '™= "'^'"' 

Qnand Ilalje um uiis poison 
St Kranoe sans trahiaon 
Bt rAogleterre aant ftneire, 
l«r» sera le mood* aans t«iro." 

afler'thl! "JP'"'""!. ">i« to Catherine, then pnx.eede-1 : .And 
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unoiiK the muti one K*rluided with unuanth Harm. ' Take 
me thither,' uid I, mi I let roy gnide know the custom of our 
Dutch ddpperi to holnl flowcra to the muthead when they are 
courting a maid. Oft had I ncoffed at this saylnn, 'So then 
hia wooing is the earth's concern.' But now, so far from 
the Rotter, that bunch at a masthead made my heart leap 
with assurance of a countryman. They carried rac, and oh, 
Margaret ! on the stem of that Dutch hoy, was writ in muekic 
letten— 

RICHART ELIASSOEN, AMSTERDAM. 

• Put me down,' I said ; ' for our Laily's sake put me down.' 

•• I sat on the bank and looked, scarce believing my eyes, and 
looked, and presently fell to crying, till I could see the wonls no 
more. Ah me, how they went to my heart, those bare letters 
in a foreign land. 

" Dear Richart ! good, kind brother Richart I often 1 have 
sat on his knee and rid on hin back. Kisses many he has given 
me, unkind word from him had I never. And there was his 
name on his own ship, and his face and all his grave, but good 
and gentle ways, came back to me, and I sobbeil vehemently, 
and cried aloud, 'Wh>, why is not brother Richart here, and 
not his name only } ' 

" I spake in Dutch, for my heart was too full to hold their 
foreign tongues, and " 

Eli. "Well, Richart, go on, lad, prithee go on. Is this « 
place to halt at ? " 

RichaH. •• Father, »ith my duty to you, it is easy to say go 
on, but think ye I am n.it flesh and blood? The poor boys 

simple grief and brotherly love coming— so sudden — on me, 

they go through my heart and — I cannot go on ; sink me if I 
can even see the words, 'tis writ so fine." 

DtKi>. "Courage, good Master Richart I Take your time. 
Here are more eyne wet than yours. Ah, little comrade ! 
would God thou wert here, and I at Ven ce for thee." 

Richuri. " Poor little curly-headed lad, what had he dont 
that we have driven him so far ? " 

"Thai it what I would fain know," said Catherine drilj, 
then fell to weeping and rocking herself, with her apron over 
her head. 

"Kinil (lame, good friends," said Margaret, trembling, "let 
me tcU yo.i how the letter ends. The skipper hearing our 
Gersnl speak his pnef in Dutch, accosted him, and spake com- 
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say he was worthy Master Richart's brother. Thereat waa the 
good skipper ail agog to serve him." 

Richart. "Sol so! skipper I Master Richart aforesaid will 
be at thy wedding and bring's purse to boot." 

Margaret. "Sir, he told Genrd of his consort that was to 
sail that very night for Rotterdam ; and dear Gerard had to 
go home and finish his letter and bring it to the ship. And 
the rest, it is but his |xx)r dear words of love to me, the which, 
an't please you, I think shame to hear them read aloud, and 
ends with the lines I sent to Mistress Kate, and they would 
sound so harsh mm and ungrateful." 

The pleadtog tone, as much as the woids, prevailed, and 
Richart said he would read no more aloud, but ran his eye 
over it for his own brotherly satisfaction. She blushed and 
looked uneasy, but made no reply. 

"Eli," said Catherine, still sobbing a Uttle, "tell me, for 
our Lady's sake, how our poor boy is to live at that nasty 
Home. He is gone there to write, but here be his own words 
to prove writing avails nought : a had died o' hunger by the 
way but for pamt-brush and psalteiy. Wcll-a-day ! " 

"Well," said Eli, "he has got brush and music still. BesUes, 
so many men so many minds. Writing, thof it had no sale in 
other parts, may be merchandise at Rome." 

"Father," said little Kate, "have 1 your good leave to put 
in my won! 'twixt mother and you } " 

" And welcome, httle heart." 

"Then, seems to me, painting and music, close at hand, 
be stronger than writing, but being distant, nought to com- 
pare ; for see what glamour written paper hath done here but 
now. Our Gerard, writing at Venice, hath verily put his 
hand into this room at Rotterdam, and turned all our hearts. 
Ay, dear, dear Gerard, methinks thy spirit hath rid hither on 
these thy paper wings ; and oh ! dear father, why not do as we 
should do were he here in the body ? " 

"Kate," said Eli, "fear not; ftichart and I will give him 
glamour for glamour. We will write him a letter, and send 
it to Home by a sure hand with money, and bid him home on 
the instant" 

Comelis and Sybrandt exchanged a gloomy look. 

" Ah, goixl father I And meantime ? " 

" Well, meantime ? " 

" Dear father, dear mother, what can we do to pleasure the 
absent, but be kind to his poor lass; and her own trouble 
afore her ? " 

" 'Tis well ! " said Eli ; " but I am older than thou." 
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Then he turned gravely to Margmret— 

" Wilt answer me a question, my pretty mistress ? 

" If I may, sir," faltered Margaret. 

"What are these marriage lines Geranl speaks of m the 

letter?" . . ., . 

"Our marriage lines, sir. His and mine. Know you not 
that we are betrothed ? " 

" Before witnesses?" „ 

" Ay, sure. My poor father and Martin Wittenhaagen. 
" This is the first I ever heanl of it. How came they in his 
hands ? They should be in yours." 

"Alas, sir, the more is my grief; but I ne er doubted liim ; 
and he said it was a comfort to him to have them m his 
bosom." 

" Y'are a very foolish lass." ^, 

" Indei 1 I was, sir. But trouble teaches the simple. 
" 'Tis a good answer. Well, fooUsh or no, y'are honest. I 
had shown ye more respect at first, but 1 thought y'had been 
his lemaii, and that is the truth." 

"God forbid, sir! Denys, methinks 'tis time for us to go. 
Give me my letter, sir ! " , , v, .u i 

" Bide ye ! bide ye ! be not so hot for a word I Natheless, 
wife, methinks her red cheek becomes her." 
" Better than it did you to give it her, my man. 
" Softly, wife, softly. I am not counted an unjust man thot 
I be somewhat slow." 

Here Richart broke in. ^ i , .. 

" Why, mistress, did ye shed your blood for our Gerard ? 
" Not I, sir. But maybe I would." 
" Nay, nay. But he srys you did. Speak sooth now ! 
" Alas ! I know not what ye mean. I rede ye believe not 
all that my poor lad says of me. Love makes him blind." 

"Traitress!" cried Denys. "Let not her throw dust m 
thine eyes. Master Richart. Old Martin tells me— ye need 
not make signals to me, she-comrade ; I am as blind as love. 
Martin tells me she cut her arm, and let her blood flow, and 
smeared her heels when Gerard was hunted by the blood- 
hounds, to turn the scent from her lad." , , , , , 
" Well, and if I did, 'twas my own, and spilled for the good 
of my own," said Margaret defiantly. 

But Catherine suddenly clasping hei, she began to cry at 
having found a bosom to cry on, of one who would have also 
shed her blood for Gerard in danger. 
Eli rose from his chair. 

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l.ble for every meal: also another plate and knite, Thev will 
be for Margaret and Peter. She will con.e when she likes, and 
stay away when she pleases. None may take her place Ht rav 
left hand. Such a.s can welcome her arc welcome to me Such 
as cannot, I force them not to bide with me. The world is 

^?^t'!!^ •^'■, '^'"»" ""y *»"' ' »■" ■""'"' "«• my «>n-s 
betrothed is welcome. 

Catherine bustled out to prepare supper. Eli and Richart 
sat down and concocted a letter to bring Gerard home. Richart 
pi«nuse,I It should go by sea to Rome that very week. Sybrandt 
and U>mehs exchanged a gloomy wink, and stole out. Mar- 
gar.:, .eeing Giles deep in nieditation, for the dwarfs intelli- 
gence had taken giant strides, asked him to bring her the 

„c'i.^n", '"\* ^''"^ ''"' •""■' K«^ *•■»»«■■ «■'«." said she 
" shall I read you the rest ? " 

"I shall be much beholden to you," shouted the courtier 

She gave him her stool: curiosity bowed his pride to sit on 
It; and Margaret murmured the first part of the letter mto his 
ear very low, not to disturb Eli and Richart. And to do this 
she leaned forwanl and put her lovely face cheek by jowl with 
Giles s hideous one: a strange contrast, and worth a painter's 
while to try and represent. And in this attitude cSherine 
found her, and all the mother warmed towards her, and she 
exchanged an eloquent glance with little Kate. 

Tlie latter smiled, and sewed, with drooping lashes. 

"Get him home on the instant," roared Giles. "HI make 
a man of him. I can do aught with the Duke." 

km" **"" ^^'' *"'' '^*''''""'' '""■ <="n'w«lly, half 

"We hear him," said Richart; "a mostly makes himself 
heard when a do speak." 

Sybratult. " Which will get to him first ? " 
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CHAPTER LVII 

About two months before this scene in Eli's home, the natives 
of a little maritime place between Noples and Rome might bi- 
seen floikins to the sea beach, with jyes cast seaward at a 
ship, that laboured against a stiff gale blowing dead on the 

At times she seemed likely to weather the danger, and 
then the spectators congratulated her aloud: at others the 
wind and sea drove her visibly nearer, and the lookers-on 
were not without a secret satisfaction they would not have 
owned even to themselves. 

Non quia vexari quemqaam eit jooanda voluptaa 
Sfid quibus ipse malis careas quia oemere suave est. 

And the poor ship, though not scienUfically built for sailing, 
was admirably constructed for going ashore, with her entrava- 
eant poop that caught the wind, and her Imes like a cocked hat 
reversed. To those on the beach that battered labouring frame 
of wood seemed alive, and struggUng against death with a 
panting heart. But could they have been transferred to her 
dtck they would have seen she had not one btitmg heart 
but many, and not one nature but a score were commg out 
clear in that fearful hour. , , l .. 

The mariners stumbled wildly about the deck, haiu mf 
the ropes as each thought fit, and cursing and prajuig 
alternately. , ^x_ , 

The passengers were huddled together round the mast, 
some sitting, sjme kneeling, some lying prostrate, arid gnusp- 
ing the bulwarks as the vessel rolled and pitched in the 
mighty waves. One comely young man, whose ashy cheek, 
but compressed li,>s, showed how hard terror was battlms 
in him with self-respect, stood a Uttle apart, holding tiRh 
by a shroud, and wincing at each sea. It was the ill-fated 

Meantime prayers and vows rose from the trembling throng 
amid-ohips, and to hear them, it seemed there were ahnost as 
many gods about as men and women. The sailors, indeed, 
relied on a single goddess. They varied her titles only, calling 
on her as "Queen of Heaven," "Star of the Sea, " Mistress ot 
the World," " Haven of Safety." But among the landsmen 
Polytheism raged. Even Ihose who by some strange chance 
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four p„*und, to our Jy rf Tl.?;; • """?" " ?,l''" ""'"' -f 
promised ten pouml,ofwaxlLhu7^' l l' '' i"'™" ""^-^ 
with . similar' rage for 7uveJtv,ll . '"''>■ "f"""^""" = ™d 
on the tnie Cms, 1 „t o^hp J T P'^''.K'-'d then.selves not 
othermoden. .iTy '""^ *^'~' "' "■!», that, or the 

»trdl:;::l^anu"°::ti7ri;.'„«",i:T "^""' ^''"■'-'^"■^ -" 

«•«. torn out with a loud ^^rT'^ ""■?• *"•' tl"^ ^i" 
sraa'i.r«,d smaller blaok"rJ,7ha.T, '"'';'„•'"'"> .'h" wind 
sea, half a mile of) I ke a »hoef • . ' """' ?""""' '"'" "■= 
man eould put the shin's h,.l,7 f ' 'T' '""' =•* *■"= <"='«"- 
heron the {uaVJ. lrjreX.Ht"4:f;™:!l,: T7hT«'" 
and gave tliem a fo,eta,ste of cMM 'Z,h Th " '^""■' 

aloud to tun, Carthusian monk if" n? ' ■""I ,""" """'' 

Another would go „ nilsrin to o^^. i", "■""''' '"'''' '""'■ 
footed, with nothing ffi" e,^ ^™I"«tell„ bareheaded, bare- 
st. Jamea would save ^0,^.1, T'' ,"".',"« ""M skin, if 
Denys, and «bove:ii:it"heH:;e*o?Hi:ra'"'" '"""'"'' ""'■"»'^' 

I wo petty Neapolitan tra<lcrs stoo.1 shii^erin,. 

One shouted at the top of his voice- '^" 

"wnw™;,t,'°ffwi?S°t';!'u„d ■•''""' " -"^^" ""'^ "' ••" 

s^naXou'havT'rjhf;ori,r;' ^"t"-" ™- ^-^y- '^ y™ 

hiswei/htinwax" ''X P-W-e auetion, -twill not buy 

StnT^l^rpS?!:^"" •■""''" ™^'' ">« -iferator. 

Ilino";';' e'him Tr^^i S^^"' ' '^' ^ •>"' -- -fe .0 land. 
Others lay flat and prayed to the sea. 

this hour of peril " * "^' '"' ''''"'' Preserve us in 

Unfelhf'll^r^'fh -1,7--' XT? »™'" terror each 
usual; and ,he was .,L . . P 1'"' '"""^ 'erribly than 

•rmendous waveT '"^ P'^y"""^ "' "'e "nns of th^ 

".tr''°hrba;dT„:?^!eit"a:i^d't;'T ^ """ "" ^-"'• 
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In silent prayer, but she neither wept, nor laroenteil, nor 
bargaineil with the (foils. Whenever the ship seemed really 
gone under their feel, «nd beardeil men squeaked, she kined 
her child; but that was all. And so she sat |>atient, and 
suckled him in death's jaws; for why should he lose any joy 
she could give him ; moribmtdo ? Ay, there I do beUeve, set 
Antiquity among those mediKvals. Sixteen hundred years 
had not tainted the old Roman blood in her veins; and the 
instinct of a race she had perhaps scarce heanl of taught her 
to die with decent dignity. 

A gigantic friar stood on the poop with feet apart, like 
the Colossus of Rhodes, not so nmch defying, as ignoring, 
the peril that surrounded him. He recited verses from the 
Canticles with a loud unwavering voice; and invited the |>as- 
sengers to confess to him. Some did so on their knees, ami 
he heard them, and laid his hands on them, and absolved 
theiii as if he had been in a snug sacristy, instea>l of a perish- 
ing ship. Gerard got neaier and nearer to him, by the instinct 
that takes the wavering to the side of the impregnable. And 
in truth, the courage of heroes facing fleshly odds might 
have paled by the side of that gigantic friar, and his still 
more gigantic composure. Thus, even here, two were found 
who maintained the dignity of our race; a woman, tender, 
yet heroic, and a monk steeled by religion against mortal 
fears. 

And now, the sail betog gone, the sailors cut down the 
useless mast a foot above the l)oard, and it fell with its re 
inaining hamper over the ship's side. This seemed to relieve 
her a little. 

But now the hull, no longer impelled by canvas, could not 
keep ahead of the sea. It struck her again and again on the 
poop, and the tremendous blows seemed given by a rocky moun- 
tain, not by a hquld. 

TTie captain left the helm and came amidships pale ss 
death. 

" Lighten her," he cried. " Fling all overboard, or we shall 
founder ere we strike, and lose the one little chance we have of 
life- 
While the sailors were executing this order, the captain, pale 
himself, and surrounded by pale feces that demanded to kno» 
their fate, was talking a.s unlike an English skipper in like peril 
as can well be imagined. 

" Friends," said he, " last night when all was fair, too fair, 
alas ! there came a globe of fire close to the ship. When a 
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•roTtrj]^r"* """™' *'"> « I*.! wail 

up started the owner, and with an ,,,i,, "'''";'''"''"•■ '''■''•^; 
on it. """ "'"' «" ""enrthlj. ,hriek, pounced 

"HoU- Moses I what would vou do > 't- 
.i.n m^lfiji^'d^rS £:-''"' "-= "•«» '-'» ^brew we ChH. 

»"2™: ^: ;4"::';,i: :s^- i^:/°^ '^.t ,chu.h, .at. 
^t 'r red^":.^::^ rtir£-" - --wn 

b^W the ™dde. and Jammed tllrhiranrC^'-S 

'™^oe::;d'.^;\l-?:rt;e':f^i..r °^ "■- «- 

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r.o.1. throne then the« St. Peter .Itteth ; «ml if 1 pmy to him, 
it" «ld but I sh.,M be drowned er. h.- ha. time to ple«J n,.V 
IVu-fwUh Go.1. Oh > oh I oh 1 I n,.,t need go .tr.ight .„ Hn„ 
th. made the ,e», and the .alnt., and me. »"/•"''■"• 
whieh art in heaven, «ve the« poor «.ul« and me that rr> lor 
The bare life I Oh. «weet Je.u», pitiful .Ie«u», that did. walk 
GeneTetl^en Peter sank, nn.l we, fur La.aru, de,ul . h.„ 
the ap<H>tle,' eye, were dry, oh, save poor <.erard-<or d.ur 

" Al"hi'» 'nomeiit the »ailor» wtre seen prr|«iring to 'I'jei-t Hi^ 
sinking ship in the little b™.t, whieh ev.-i. at that .ixxh even 
fwp »rted; then there wa. a rush of egotists; and tlurty 
3s"towd;i into it. Uemalned behind t ■■« who wer,. 
bewildered, ami two who were para.. ..-.l. with terror. II 
paralysed »t like heaps nf w. rag., the bewl dered ™es ran 
S fro, and saw the thirty egotist, put off. but made u.. at., m, 
to join them; only kept mmiing tu and fro, and wnngu.,; Iheir 

'"brides these there w« one nn his kne-s, praying over the 
. ooden statue of the Virgin Mary, as large as l.te, which the 
„to had reverently de'laehe.l from the m,«t It washnl 
Xut the deek.as the water came slushi.ig m from tl e se, 
and pouring oJt at the scuppers; and this ,KK,r soul kepi 
fono^ng it on his knee., with h ; hands e asped at , , and h 
«at« pUying with it. And ;h,ne was the Jew pals.ed, but 
not by K. He was no longer capable ot so pettv a passu.... 
He »t ™s-legged bemoaning his bag, .nd whenever the sprav 
U.hS him, sh^k his fist at where it came from and eurseil 
Sfe N««^ne., and their god., and their devil., «.d the.r sh.ps, 
and their waters, to all eternity. . , i 

AndThrjTga^tie Dominiei having .hriven the whole sh.p, 
stood eataly^mmiing with hi. own spirit And he Roman 
^.rMti«le and patient, only drawing her ehdd clo«r to 
her boMm as death came nearer. 

Gerard MW thi., and it awakened h.s manhood. 
"See I see ! " he said. " t'.ey have ta'en the boat and left th. 
poor woman and her child to perish." 
Hi. heart soon set his wit working. 
"Wife I'll Mve thee yet, please God. 
And he ran to find a Lk or a plank to float her There w» 

""Then his eye fell on the wooden image of the Virgin He 
cJeht Tup in his arm., and heedles. of a wail that issued 
^m if wo^sUppe' «!'- » "''Ud robbed of it, toy, ran .ft 
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in"^!* "''''•" "" "''■''■ "'■" '"•'' *>"■<■ ■■"" Hie 
mu. Ill Mire worm eaieii, but twill serve." 

woril""""' *"" *"" ''"'' '^' "■ '■'"' ""l »•''' 
"Thyself?!" 

But with woiHlerful ni«flT,«„in,ity aiul tenclemi-M. 
„ i f"?,* ">"». «nd have no chil<( to take call! ot " 

All I Mid ,he, and hi, «„r,l, ,eem«l to animate her face 

ilh a <l«ir,- t„ hve. II,: l„.i,„| the i„uge to her si.l,- The^ 

.-.u. .he ho,« „f life ,1,, |,„t ....nethinKof her h™ie -aim" 

not mueh : her bo,ly tren.hled a little, Imfnot her ",. ' 

a . 'v-r he could slide her into the waves. 
"Come," said he, " while yet there is tim. " 
She turned her great I' .man eyes, wet now, „,K,n him. 
" Poor youth i-^iod for^rive me !— .Vly child ' ' 
And he hjunched her on the surge, and with his oar kent her 

from bemg battered against the ship! ^ 

in his "r- "Tl^ie'n ™v''™= " •'"P, '•"'>''"'"» voice sounded 
in nis ear . I |j weil. Now come with me. 
It was the gigantic friar. 

ofSTbll,*""'"''.""'',""' ')^" '""'' '*" »t"'>".«nd laid hold 
of the broken m.st. Geranl did the . « obeying him instin ■ 
Uvelv. Between them, after a pr«ii^, , e Jrt"^he7 how" d 
up the remamder of the mast, and carried it off. ^ 

Hmg it m," said the friar, " and follow it " 

„,„ ft '',T^ " '" i V"* ""^ "'' "■« bewildered |>assengers had 
»ft" «'«[". and jumped first and got on cni end Genrf 
se,«d the Dther, the friar the middle. 

It was a terrible situation, The mast lose and plunge-l with 
e^h wave hke a kicking horse, and the spray ?o3 Zl, 

Se^nH '"'^' r' ^''"'?"' "■™ ' '° helpL^k tK off 
had stn, I" T ■"■""'a' '""u« «"""« »'"»' '''>^'«'. The .hip 
had stnick and „oon after, she being stationan' now, they were 
tttS" •".^"' '^'»™''ou3 force. 7heir im^t 
lead stmck agamst the upper part of the broken m Jder with 

the water a^d . ht'^Vf' ''^"tgno trace but a re"^ ,uin on 
crvrin^LTn .i"" "'■" r "".'^ •'"«B«"^ ™dder,a„dadeath 
tTcELn ^'li ■="".<«t>'<y drifted clear under the lee of 
Lfetvof li > '"i ^r', ""'=«J '^hort Latin praver for the 
^mrLtT ' " P'"' '^""'P°«-<"y they rolled 

sm M I ^r"""- °"= ™<"n^nt they saw nothing, and 
a«ht tiZ,'" %";r 'r^ "^ "atery 'hills : the next they 
™?ht glimpses of the shore speckled bright vith people, 
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who kept throwing up their «nm with wllil Itiiliitii genluren 
to cncounKC Ihcm, and the black l)o«t driving liottom ujv- 
wudfl, and Iwtwcrn it and them the woman rising uid falling 
like themselves. She had conic across a paddle, and was hold- 
ing her chilli tight with her left arm, and |>addling gallantly 
with her right. 

When they had tumbled along thus u long time, suddenly the 
friar said iiuietly — 

"I toueiicd the ground.'" 

"Impossible, father," said (icrard; "«c arc more than a 
hundred yards from shore. Prithee, prithee, leave not our 
faithful mast" 

" My son, ' said the friar, " you speak prudently. But know 
that 1 have business of Holy Church on hand, and may nol 
waste thne floating when I can walk, in her service, rilere, I 
felt it with my toes igain ; see the benefit of wearing sandals, 
and not shoon. Again; and sandy. Thy statun: is less than 
mine : keep to the mast ! I walk." 

He left the mast accordingly, and extending his powerful 
arms, rushed through the water. GerunI soon followed him. 
At each overpowering wave the monk stoo<l like a tower, and 
closing his mouth, threw his head back to encounter it, and 
waa entirely lost under it awhile : then emerged and ploughed 
lustily on. At last Ihcy came close to the shore ; but the 
suction outward baffled all their attempts to land. Then the 
natives sent stout Kshermen into the sea, holding by long spears 
in a triple chain ; and so dragged them ashore. 

The friar shook himself, bestowed a short paternal benedic- 
tion on the natives, an '. went on to Rome, with eyes bent on 
earth acconling to his rule, and without pausing. He did imt 
even cast a glance back upon that sea, which had so needy 
engulfed him, but had no power to harm him, without his 
Master's leave. 

While he stalks on alone to Rome without looking back, I 
who am not in the service of Holy Church, stop a moment to 
say that the reader and I were within six inches of this giant 
once before ; but we escaped him that time. Now I fear we 
are in for him. Geurd grasped every hand upon the bcaoli. 
They brought him to an enormous fire, and w ith a delicacy lie 
would hardly have encountered in the north, left him to drj' 
himself alone : on this he took out of his bosom a parchment, 
and a paper, and dried them carefully. When this was done to 
his mind, and not till then, he consented to put on a fisherman's 
dress and leave his own by the fire, and went down to the 
beach. What he saw may be brie.iy related. 
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iii^' :..T ."il-l ti!;li( uilli lU'f left :.nii, .md jmiWImp caUaiii ■ 
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hsr -ltd .;Ki' ily — 

■■ 1 t.mi'ln d Hp- -riluiiil. 

•■ IihIkt-mWc l.illicr. -.Mi (.ir.in: ■'«.• .ii- ni.'i.- ilii" 
Imndrt-d isrK iV,.,,, ,ii<.r.- i'rilli.-. - |.r.lli<f. l.-avc uct , 

faithful m;i.st , , ,. i 

" Mv, ' s,i.d tl,.: iVu..l-, ■ lull -pi-Hli liviidiiltly liii! !,n 

that !' h.iv.- h.isMir. of Jhilv Cliinh or liiiid. ii.d iim> ■ 
iva-te time floiitlii),' whin I • in wnlh. .1 hii- m r i- 1-. I m n 
i'l It it Willi mv tofs ^iftMiii: «'■■.' tl.i- f.-Mi-h' i,.i >■ '-"ii: .iiii.. - 
.uid not •■hooii. Apiiin ", :'nd >aiirtv '1 hy ..(aliirt- i- les. :', 
mine: ki-t-ji (o Ih.- 'imsl ' 1 -ill-. 

II; hdt till- iivist iu-!.-nrdlii^i\, and . xirn.hlli; hl^ pow.i' 
iivn«; rii.h.-d lluoiiuli tht- »,-il.-r. (l-r.mi M«in foll,:«dl r 
M f'Hch ovrrpowenii^ «'avt' th*- luo-ik slo.ni ii . .i towerf. -1 
,-b,:.isr hi^ i.ioulh, thrriv )n« k- -id 'm-k ■-.. ..iKMin.tcr it, 1' 
w.is MitirrU- lost iind-r it i.i.hil.-: tln-n t-iiuT^'cd and plouiii.- 

histjU on," .\t l:i-t tlf!y en losi- to Ihf ,horc ; j»i I' 

MR-tit'in outward harthd all llifir atti-inpts to land- Ih'ro '' 
iiitivf- s'.nt st.iut lishevnien into tht s-ni, holdiii'; hy lunif -p- 
in a tiipli- i-haiii : and so d.-.int'i-l 'henl iMiori . 

The fnar sho .i; l.iin-ell, lu,,to»«i -i -l-irt p-ttiritd li-!;- 
'j,.i. ..11 ill,- I, '..- , ,1 d 'I ■„! ■Ill to K0110-, \iith (vi-^ I 1:11 
;-nrtli .r-o.-diot '. in- n.l- . -l -> '•• • ' on '-la^. he .1 -i 
I .f. e;.-l J giiiliei- iwek nn -i. i-.l' ■> " I'oeli htirt v, :,,■■ 
, jjulfd hmi, 1)"' h-d n.' riovtf 1" I'""" '""'• "i'ho"i 
Maatcr,'; ha, e. 

Wliil.- lu- stalk- on 1.1 ii.r 1.. iUimi- vithoi! l.«.kin^ l.-ir 
i>h.i -m out ill the s, n 1. 1 01 Holy I hir-n, .,to|i a monie: 
.i;v ant the reader and i w, re mthni -ix iiieli. s of t!n- 
.1,'ee I'efonr; hul we esciijied him that tiine. Now I ti 
..ri m for h-ni, frenrd prnsped every haiid upon ll'.- !, 
Ihev hniii.'ht hhn to an eiiomion' fire, .md with Hde'u n 
wuu'id hanil" hue eiieouni.-ri d in t'l'.- north, let't hiri le 
himsel •■,':i'<': on Ihii he link out .•! In- 1h.,m.!.i a pinh. 
and a rv,!'. r, and dried them i..r. inll; . ^Vl-en Ihi-i was d... 
his mind, .i.d not t^l! then, he eon-cntnl to |mt on .1 li^hir. 
dress .anil -..-me hi. own hy the lire, ai'd went doivn ;- 
beach. VV'liai iie wiw inav be brieH\ reUted. 
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poop, captain and all «W % £ ^""P "^ '*«P' 'he 

Ke. GM^rfSad JL .",°K *¥ "''• ""* ««>'' him safe 
water " P"™'!™' '■">«' ta pulling him out of the 

one at a time imd det'l • I , "ll '?°'"'' '^'""'' "hore, but 
With exeellTn't tafent^ Srk-r.-^otl'ie "^""t^ T^"' 
retired from this shifting wene *" ""^ ""^ '™ 

curiiity'mteedTii ui""" ^"'.--""""S. -ith horror and 
was laiS T^i on if sho"uX""™H:t^ed"^''T' " "^^ 

ohUrn"' Brhe'-tud'ttSr "T °- He- fond „f 
she did not speak S^ all pJ' A ".I Z" """"^ ""•^'^' ^r 

™ « ^j., U„ SS is^- rsi^- ^'i 

OTavp h„ \.Tj j " self-defence, and erazed tb^ 

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CHAPTER LVin 

^nZ:^.;:::^tJ^!^' ™.'^' "«* •«* -^ *"« ™.r, 

conmiisiion^ '"^ ^ ''* ""■" ""=" "^ ">at e«cutS such 
They received him coldly 

"We mJce our letter somewhat thinner than this," said one 
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" How d»irk your iuk is," said another. 

But th'j main cry was, "What avails this? Scant is the 
Latin vrrit here now. Can ye not write Greek ? " 
" Ay, but not nigh so well as Latin." 
" Then you shall never make your bread at Home." 
Gerard borrowed a beautiful Greek manuscript at a high 
price, and went home with a sad hole in his purse, but none 
in his courage. l ■_ ^ , 

In a fortnight he had made vast progress with the Greek 
character ; so then, to lose no time, he used to work at it till 
noon, and hunt customers the rest of the day. 

When he carried round a better Greek specimen than any 
they jwssessed, the traders informed him that Greek and 
Latin were alike unsaleable ; the city was thronged with works 
from all Europe. He should have com last year. 
Gerarxl bought a psaltery. 

His landUdy, pleased with his looks and manners, used often 
to speak a kind word in passing. 

One day she made him dine with her, and somewhat to his 
surprise asked him what had dashed his spirits. He told her. 
She pave him her reading of the matter. 

"Those sly traders," she would be bound, "had writers iu 
their pay, for whose work they received a noble price, and 
paid a sorry one. So no wonder they blow cold on you. 
Mcthinks you write too well How know I that? say you. 

Marry marry, because you lock not your door, like the churl 

Pictro, and women will be curious. Ay, ay, you write too well 
for them," 

Gerard asked an cxplaiution. 

" Why," said she, " your good work might put out the eyes 
of that they are selling." 
Gerard sighed. 

" Alas ! dame, you read folk on the ill side, and you so kmd 
and frank yourself." 

" My dear little heart, these Romans are a subtle race. Me ? 
I am a Siennese, thanks to the Virgin." 

" My mistake was leaving Augsburg," said Gerard. 
" Augsburg ? " said she haughtily : " is that a place to even to 
Rome ? I never heard of it, for my part" 

She then assured him that he should make his fortune in spite 
of the booksellers. 

"Seeing thee a stranger, they lie to thee without sense or 

discretion. Why, all the world knows that our great folk are 

bitten with the writing spider this many years, and pour out 

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i1,';!/'"T'''"'.'°.,l'"'' '" » "=''^«' " « cupboard, (iod helD 
tlicin, and send them safe through this ^rv «, He h!lf 
through a heap of others; and in toth hath^been "meiw 

hisTf'Th-^ji""" »--"»". -d his' Holiness ti^'s,;: 

gpsi^5^J^;t:^Xr^;;-^?:.-:^™S 
i':crk'i:pi5::nra"4rJt"^^^^^^^^^ 

1 here was none. 

Day after day passed and left him heartsick 

™ fii'fwTh°J"^' •'"! T. J"^' ""= """o ''hen Margaret 
r^lfT^ * ^f* "«'""'' <^''» '° fc'^'' h" HI"! dependants 
^f ^""rone."""'" '" =''™« -"'■™' « Ucenee^ins'S 

Gerard saw ruin .taring him in the face, 
the^ 'ISr-Mu f^^r"""' P'",''"^ "P canzonets and mastering 
perly. *" P'"^"* "'"'^ *° 'o'""' ""d struck offa S 

This last stroke of genius got him into fresh trouble. 
J^l .u r !?"";'*. '"c^dc" the landlady dressed all the 
h,lt'*'«'«S. *='«'«'» """ght the provisions. S, Ge arf's 
hmtess speedily detected him, and asked him if he wis not 

"mTSf h'"Tf i ''y *.'"'^'' •'"^l'"' opening. havLrmade 

and appe _-d to his good sense whether Adversity was a thine 
to be overcome on an empty stomach y "» « imng 

"Patienza, my lad ! times will mend; meantime I will feed 
you for the love of heaven." (Italian fo^ "™tiO 
,u,H it"*' Ci'T? "''■ ''""^' " "y P"™ i» not yet quil void 
due Ly me" '° "' '""""" ""' "'''■"'= ''''"' "''OuldV e .hS 

oneSiSyr.lU"'' " "^ " y""' -eighbour Pietro, with hi, 

" Why, how know you 'tis a bad picture ? " 
Rift. Sriin"^^ r'' ''"y "• There i, one that hath no 

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Gerard pricked up his e«r» at this: so she told him more. 
Pietio h«d come from Florence with money m his purse, and 
an unfinished picture ; had taken her one unfurnished room, 
opposite (Jeratd's, and furnished it neatly. When his picture 
was finished, he received visitors and had offers for it .- these, 
though in her opinion liberal ones, he had refused so disdain- 
fully as to make enemies of his customers. Since then he 
had often taken it out with him to try and sell, but had 
always brought it back; and the last month, she had seen 
one movable after another go out of his room, and nov he 
wore but one suit, and lay at night on a great chest. She 
had found this out only by peeping through the keyhole, for 
he locked the door most vigilantly whenever he went out. 

" Is he afraid we shall steal his chest, or his picture, that no 
soul in all Rome is weak enough to buy .' " 

" Nay, sweet hostess ; see you not 'tis his poverty he would 
screen from view .>" .„ u- > . 

" And the more fool he ! Are all our hearts as ill as his f A 
might give us a trial first anyway." 

" How you speak of him. Why, his case is mine; and your 
countryman to boot" 

"Oh, we Siennese love strangers. His case yours? Nay, 
'tis just the contrary. You are the comeliest youth ever lodged 
in this house; hair like gold: he is a dark, sour-visaged loon. 
Besides, you know how to take a woman on her better side ; 
but not he. Natheless, I wish he would not starve to death 
in my house, to get me a bad name. Anyway, one starvc.'iij! 
is enough in any house. You are far from home, and u is 
for me, which am the mistresi- here, to number your meals— 
for me and the Dutch wife, your mother, that is far away: 
we two women shall settle that matter. Mind thou thine own 
business, being a man, and leave cooking and the like to us, 
that are in the world for I'-tle else that I see but to roas. 
fowls, and suckle men at startii.^, and sweep their grown-up 
cobwebs." , , 

" Dear kind dame, in sooth you do often put me m ramd 
of my mother that is far away." , , , . , 

"All the better; I'll put you more in mind of her before 
I have done with you." 
And the honest soul beamed with pleasure. 
Gerard not being an egotist, nor blinded by female parti- 
aUties, saw his own grief in poor proud Pietro; and the more 
he thought of it, the more he resolved to share his humble 
means with that unlucky artist; Pietro's sympathy would repay 
him. He tried to waylay him ; but without success. 
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at «?,'rf'!!f "J"/'"^. " ,««»niiig in the room. He knocked 
at the door, but received no M„wer. He knocked »g«n. A 
Hurly voice bade him enter. * 

wit^^°^h^f somewhat timidly, and entered a garret furnished 
with a chair, a picture face to wall, an Iron l««in, an ea«l, 
and a long chest, on which was coiled a haggard young man 
«^th a woiiderfuH" bright eye. Anything more lite a ^Hed 
^ ?. "f If '"*''■"« *'"« «"' comer was never seen. 
Oood Signor Pietro," said Oeranl, "forgive me that, weary 

1 1 .^"hT, ^^^''""' "'"' '"'"""'" 3""" ''«'"'" in fortune 
1 am an artist loo. 

^'You are a painter? Welcome, signor. Sit down on my 

And Pietro jumped olT and waved him into the vacant 
throne with a magnificent demonstration of courtesy 

Oerarf bowed, and smiUd ; but hesiuted a little. " I may 
not call myse f a painter. I am a writer, a caligraph. I copy 
Greek and Latm manuscripts, when I can get them to 

" And you call that an artist ? " 

".. vJ'"''^."' "''*'"" '" y™' superior merit, Signor Pietro." 
™ t °5!;"?' ""^S"' """e- Only, meseemeth an artist is 
draws in black and white the thoughts of another " 
J^J'L Tu' '•if "gushed, signor. But then, a writer can 
write the thoughts of the great ancients, and matters of pure 
reason, such as no man may paint: ay, and the thoughts of 
I'od. which angels could not paint. But let that pass. I am 
a pamter as well ; but a sorry one." 

" Pf "^V?' *''y "»"^''- They will buy thy work in Rome." 
1 n,„ \f ^r"*„'° '■"■"""="<• ™y«lf to one of thy eminence, 
1 thought It well rather to call mj-self a capable TOter, thaij 
a scurvy painter. ' >•■, mnu 

At this moment a step was heard on the stair. 

" Ah ! 'tis the good dame," cried Gerard. " What ho ! hostess, 
wil^.* " I!* ™''™^«°'; ""'> Signer Pietro. I dare say he 
wUIet me have my humble dinner here." ' 

The Italian bowed gravely. 

aivested of all expression, and went. 

a2^ *^" ^' ""' "" '"' ''«' """ """v mouthfuls. he 
stopped, and said — ' 

"1 am an ill-mannered churl, Signor Pietro. I ne'er eat 
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to iny mind when I eat «lone. For our Lady's «ake put a 
>poon into this nifuul with me; 'tis not unaavoury, I piomisr 
you." 

Fietro fixed hi« glittering eye on him. 

"What, good youth, thou a stranger, and offereat me thy 
dinner?" 

" Why, see, there is more than one can eat. 

"Well, 1 accept," said Iletro ; and toi* the dish with some 
appearance of calmness, and flung the contents out of wmdow. 

Then he turned, trembling with mortification and ire, and 

"ret that teach thee to oiTer alms to an artist thou knowe«t 
not, master writer." 

Gerard's face flushed with anger, and it cost him a tatter 
struggle not to box this high-souled creature's ears. Ai^ th.-n 
to (TO and destroy good food! His mother's milk curdled m 
his veins with horror at such impiety. Finally, pity at Pietro s 
petulance and egotism, and a touch of respect for poverty- 
struck pride, prevaileil l • J 

However, he said coldly, " Ukely what thou hast done 
might pass in a novel of thy countryman, Signor boccaccio ; 
but 'twas not honest." 

" Ma'..e that good I " said the painter sullenly. 
" I ofl'ered thee half my dinner ; no more. But thou hast 
U'en it all. Hadst a right to throw away thy share, but not 
mine. Pride is well, but justice is better." 
Pietro stared, then reflected. 

" 'Tis well. I took thee for a fool, so transparent was thine 
artifice. Forgive me! And prithee leave me! Thou secst 
how 'tis with me. The world hath soured me. I hate man 
kind. I was not always so. Once more excuse that my dis- 
courtesy, and fare thee well " 

Gerard sighed, and made for the door. 
But suddenly a thought struck him. ... 

"Signor Pietro," said he, "we Dutchmen are hard bargainers. 
We are the lads 'een eij scheeren,' that ii 'to shave an egp. 
Therefore, I, for my lost dinner, do claim to feast mine eyes 
on your picture, whose face is toward the wall." 

"Nay, nay," said the painter hastily, " ask me not that ; 
have already misconducted myself enough towards thee. I 
would not shed thy blood." 
" Saints forbid ! My blood?" 

"Stranger," said Pietro sullenly, "irritated by repeated 
insults to my picture, which is my child, my heart, I did in a 
moment of rage make a solemn vow to drive my dagger into 
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I'LvcKiv™ toH."''™''* ''™' "' '"•' ""^ '•'»"' "»' '°'" «•»' 

„„,'l h?i'^l!"5 "? !° .'" "'■""*'•"* *'" ""' P«l« this ploturt " 
imd he looked at its buck with ciirio«ity. 

"N.y, nwi if you woukl but look at it, ami hold your parrot 

tongue. But you wil l« talking. So 1 have tumJl it J^f the 

wanjor ever. Would I were ,le,<l, and huric.l in it for n,y 

(rerani reHecteil. 

"I accept the conditions. Show me the picture ! 1 can l.ut 
hold my peace. 

Pietro went and tumd its face, and put it in the teat light 
the room afforded, and coiled himself ai.in on his chest, with 
his eye, and stiletto, glittering. 

The picture represented the Virgin and Christ, flying through 
the air m « sort < cloud of shadowy cherubic face, ■ underneath 
a™ve '""'™P*' "^y °' ""y ™"" 'n "«="'. ""da purple sky 

CJerard stood and looked at it in silence. Then he steoned 
close, and l«,ked. Then he retired aa far off as he cou d,'^?:^ 
looked ; but said not i word. 

When he had bee., at this game half..an-hour, Pietro cried out 
querulously and somewhat inconsistently— 

" Well, have you not a word to say about it » " 

Gerard started. 

"I cry your .ercy; I forgot there were three of us here 
Ay, I have muLh to say.' And he drew his swoitl 

'■^v^Jl't"w„ulds!thou*?^• '"''"' '■''"'''"« '" """' '^ "" '•"• 

1 "^'I'jy. defend myself against thy bodkin, signor; and at 
due o<lds bemg M aforewid, a Dutchman. Therefore, hold 
aloof, while I deliver judgment, or I will pin thee to the waU 
like a cockchafer. 

"Oh! is that all," said Pietro, greatly relieved. "1 feared 
you were going to stab my poor picture with your swoid, stabbed 
already by so many foul tongues." 

Gerard "pursued criticism under difficulties." Put hhnself in 
a position of defence, with his swords point covering Pietro, and 
one eye gUncing aside at the picture. 

"First, signor, I would have you kaow that, in the mixing of 
«e^,"r w"j r *^'' P^P*™""" "<• your oil, you Italians 
r.li ^ '"'. "' F'™*"fP- B"' 'et that flea stick. For as 
small as I arn I can thow yon certain secreta of the Van Eycks, 
that you will put to marvellous profit in your next picture. 
Mea„t,r,c 1 sec in this one the great qualities of your nation 
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Verily, ye are »/if AW. If we hsve eolour, you have imagina- 
tiun Mother of Heaven I an' he hath not flung hia Immortal 
Kul upon the panel. One thing I go by 1. thlai it makcn 
other picture« I once admlreil leem drowy, eartjl-bom thing.. 
The drapery here ij somewhat ihort and stiff. Why not let 11 
float freely, the figures being in air and motion ? " 

" I will I I wiU I" cried Pieiro eagerly. " I will do anything 
for those who will but see what I Aai« done." 

"Humph! This landncaue it enUghtens me. Henceforth 
I scorn those little huddled landscapes that did erst content 
me. Here is nature's very face: a spacious plain, each 
diiUnce markeil, and every tree, house, figure, field, an,l 
river smaller and less plain, liy exquisite grailatiin, till vision 
itself melts into distance. Oh, lieautiful ! Ami the cunning 
rogue hath hung his celestUl figunj in air out of the way ot 
his little world below. Here, floating saints beneath heavens 
nurple canopy. There, far down, earth and her busy h.ves. 
And they let you Uke ll.is painted poetry, this blooinmg 
hymn, through the streets of Home and bring It homi- 
unsold. But I tell thee in Ghent or Bruges, or even -ii 
Hotterdam, they would tear it out of thy hands. But it .» 
■ common saying that a strangers eye sees clearest. Courage, 
Pietro Vanucei! I reverence thee, and though myselt u 
scurvy painter, do forgive ther for being a great one. 
Forgive thee? 1 thank God for thee and such rare men 
as aiou art; and bo- the knee to thee in iuot homage. 
Thy picture is immoijil, and thou, that hast but a chest 
to sit on, art a king in thy most royal art Viva, U maestm! 
Viva ' " 

At this unexpected burst the painter, with all the abandon 
of his nation, flung himself on Gerard's neck. 

" They said it was a maniac's dream," he sobbe<l. 
" Maniacs themselves ! no, idiots ! " shouted Gerard, 
"Generous stranger i 1 will hate men no more since the 
world hath such as thee. I was a viper to fling thy poor 
dinner away ; a wretch, a monster." 

" Well, monster, wilt be gentle now, and sup with me t 
"Ah! that 1 will. Whither goest thou?" 
"To order supper on the instant. We will have the picture 
for thiid man." . „ 

"1 will invite it whiles thou art gone. My poor picture, 
childof my heart." 

" Ah, master, 'twill look on many a suppv after the worms 
have eaten you and n ." 
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CHAPTER LIX 

A»oirr » week ..fter thU the two fHendi ut working together, 
bu not n the «me .pirit. Pietn, d„hed fitfully lt^S.. "nd 
t^ZT^T^ '" " ''*„"''"'""• "^ ""en did nothing, e«ep, 

.C.Un"g,Te"™nS^ Orh™:''"- "•'" '"-'^ "■'"'""'• "'""^ 
To be plain, (;|.r«rd, who i,. , r had a friend he did not 
master, h«l p, t hi. (hugm hame«. The friend, were 
paiiitlng playirg cnnl. to lioil the pot 

^.u^h? 'i'T' "'", '"""k";'"' """'" ""■' "P •"« ?'»«"«■ to 
make his daily tour in «f arch nfn fustoner 

«ell them He l.«ke<l all the r»ttle.nake, but eventual- 
embraj^e. (ieranl in the Italian fashion, and t. ,k them, Xr 
firrt .Irying the la,t-fini«hed one, in the «un, whici wL 
now powerful in that happy clime. 

(icranl, left alone, executed a <:;rock letter or two. and then 
tended a little rent in hi. ho« . Hi. landlady f«nd hi," 
hu, employed .ind inquired iroi-ically whether there were 
no women in the house. 

■•When you have done that," saki she, "come and talk 

1 ^' r '"•",? ' ;<".■"■ '" ">" < "«" hath . husband 
not^ good for much, which brags his aequaintane* with the 

Gemrd went down, and who ihould Tereia be but the 
Koman matron. 

"Ah, madama," said he, "is it you f Tlie good dame 
told me not that. And the little &ir-haired bo^ is™ 
jrell? is he none the worse for his voyage in that strange 

" He is well," said the matron. 

si.ril''Vl'if' "V?^ 'T **"""« "'"■^' ^" '^<' ""= landlady, 
staring at them both in turn; ",md why tremble you w 
I eiesa mia ? ' j " ""< 

com^Tetr '"'"''■' '"'■■■ '""' """'"' ■""■""« «" '""^ '° 
" What I my lodger ? and he never told me a word of that. 
Art not ashamed to look ine in the face > " 
.l,'''^!'-'' »{*«k not harshly to him," said the matron. She 
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llk» » girl, ami «r«tM! m >gnliiiiiK hi» own perfonn»nc«, gntitud* 
tidntnl It ■<> fair. .. , . 

" And li. tliink thou nhuuklit uk me to ttnn thy iadget, 
of whoin I kniw iiounht but th«l he h«U thy go<xl wonl, 
oh, FlwnmiM; «iul th«t wu enough for me. l>r«r youth, 
in nerving thee 1 wrvr mynelf." 

ITien eiuued «i eager dewrlptloii, by the two women, ol 
what hud l>een done, hikI wh»t «h<iuld lie done, to |.cnetr«li| 
the thifk w«ll of tVei, comminloiu, and chlc«iirry, which itooil 
iMtwern 'he |»>tnnu of »rt «iul ui unknown iirtht hi the 
Ki inl t'lty. . . 

r« •miled luully »t (iemrd't •impliclty In le»vlng »iiecl- 
nm. .if hi« nklll Mt the iloom of the grent. 

"Whuf" ««ld the, "without pnmiUing the »iTy«nt« ii 
»l.«re— wl" mit .ven feelig them, ti> Itl the signors m-c tliy 
nierchandiae I A» well have Hung It Into Tiber.' 

" W'ell-«-d«y I" liighcd (ieraril. "I hen how is nn iirlnl 
tu find « patron ? for arlUti are poor, not rich." 

" By going to Home city nobler and not no greetly an thin, 
■aid Teresa. " La cortc Kumaiui iwn vuol' |ie«mi »eniw 

She fell Into thought, and mid nhe wouUI come again to- 
morrow. 

The landlady felicitated Geranl. 

" Tema hai got wmething in her heart, Mid «he. 

Terraa wm scarce gone when I'ietro retume»l with his picture, 
looking blatk aa thunder. Uerard exchanged a glance with the 
landlady, ah.' followed him uptairs to console hini. 

" Wlwt, hii 'e they let thee bring home thy nuuterpiece ? 

" As herett'lbre." 

" More fools they, then." 

"That is not the worst," 

"Why, what i» the matter?" 

"They hav.- bought the cards," yelled Pietro, and hammereil 
the ail ftiriously right and left. 

" All the Intter," said Gerard cheerfully. 

"They II. «• at me for them. They were enraptured w.lh 
them. Thi y tried to conceal their lo.iging for them, but could 
not I saw." I feigned, 1 pillaged ; curse the boobies." 

And he Hung down a dosen small silver coins on the Hiior 
and jumped on them, and danced on them with basilisk eyes, 
and then kicked them assiduously, and sent them spummg 
and flying, and rumiing all abroad. Down went r.erard jm 
his knees, and followed the maltreated innocenU directly, 
and transferred them tenderly to hU purse. 
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n./h'^Irt':"" "" ^'"•"' ■"'*'^' '■' Hn..J ..,.. on. fr„„ 

" Vou love her w well, yet Ic.vr her.' 
.ll'lhTw"'.;;';;^,'^"'' ' '"" "" - ■"" '".t I h.ve w.ndere.1 

^'.i« f^^'Mo:'-™"'^'''' *"" '■"""'•"«' ••> ">e U„dl«ly 
"Coine down, you are wanted." 
He went down, and there wa. Tere«i airain 
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goldsmith s wit. ^ho wanted a writer. "'"rking 

"Her .hop is hard by ; you will not have far to go " 
Acconlinglj, they joon arrived at the goldsmith's wife 

cniiu at sea. i rithee look on him with favour " ' 

I he goldsmith s wife complied in one sense. She fixed h,v 

:^^:in. 'rh:.r-^^w::-sir -'^^-^^^^^^^ 

INay, I have no use for a writer. A], < I mind n„«, It . 

:a7'rtoSt°J;:."""»«-""''"- «•-'' -- "-" - "• 

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retiim.' «nd s..t so rtiU, ai.d dignified, and statuesque that 
Gerard was begi.ming furtively to draw her, when ClKhn 

""iS^ama, i hear from the goldsmiths wife, the "cellent 
Olyrapia, that you need a writer" (here she took Gerard by 
the hLd and led him forward) ; " I have brought y.m a beaut.- 
ful one! he saved my child from the cruel waves. For our 
Ladv's sake look with favour on him." 

"MyTood dame, my fair Ser," said Ctalia, "I have no use 
f„r a writer; but now you remind me it was my fnend App.a 
Claudia asked m. for one but the other day. bhe ,s a ta.lor, 
lives in the Via Lepida." 

Teresa retired calmlv. , ... 

..Sama," said Gerard, "this is likely to be a ted.ous 
business for you." 

Teresa opened her eyes. . 

"What was ever done without a littl. patience? >he 
added mildly, "We will knock at every door at Heme but 

''"^.ButmadltTthink we are dogged. ..noticed a man 
that follows us, sometimes afar, sometimes close. 

"I have seen it," said Teresa coldly ; but her cheek coloured 
faintly. " •' is my poor Lodovico." , . „ 

She stopped and turned, and beckoncl -.th her finger. 

A figure approached them somewhat u lUingly. 

Whfn he came up, she gazed him fu in the face, and he 
looked sheepish. t; „f .„i.,™ 

"Lodovico mio," said she, "know this young S,er, of wh.™ 
I have so often spoken to thee. Know him and love hml, lor 
he it was who saved thy wife and child. 

At these last words Lodovico, who had been bowing and 
grinning artificially, suddenly changed to an expression of heart- 
felt ttratitude, and embraced Gerard warmly. , . . , 

Yet somehow there was something in tli= man s onpiia 
manner, and his having followed his wife by stc.ilth, that 
We Geranl uncomforl!able under this caress. However, lir 

•' We shall have your company, Ser Lodovico ? " 

"So, signor," replied Lodovico, "1 go not on that side 

'f'l^''" „. . ..■ n 

" AdCiio, then," said Teresa sigmlicantly. 

"When shall you return home, Teresa muif_ 

" When I have done mine errand, Lodovico. 

They pursued their way in silence. Teresa now wore a ««1 
and almost gloomy air. 



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thJ^ XTbef Sn"':"?" r ""r'^"'- "«' *" -<" "-a 

street to Lu„eti.,Th„ kepT^h: 'Zt" V'"*' ■.•'°*" "■" 
wanted a writer; but what Tr A ^% '!'"'?= ^^'^ " *"" 
ceive. I.ueretia wa" a^,^e rf llltt''''r '""''^ ™"''' ""' ™"- 
heartilj, enough, Td to " them sh,^^"/i"' '^"'"''•^ "■="> 
aUhe/aecounteinherhead "'"'' "" ''"'"' Wt 

^^^;_It,was for my confessor. Father Colonna ; he is mad after 

"vVhrh^lt"' "" "^^"'™^'" -" Teresa. 

«>d the princes^f h.s rfTwUl »„? ,T'^' '° ^ ""= ™"'' 
his lap. And such a ™nf.r "^ "thousand crowns into 

essing my si, s to him th'an^f tellf/g h m to tratTJi^ "o™"" 

when m/ voice* left off co„f LiTg' hf s arted'o t ^fZ i^^"' 
md says he, a mustciino- „» » i "'""™ ""t ot his dream, 
three Hatemostertd fh ?e 4?!^' . \""PS ^^^'. ^7 
no butt.r nor egRs Txt w2„f,dl Z" ^"''' "«' "'"* "' 
olTa went with hi, h.„i i u j f^' ""'' P^" vobiscum ! ' and 
no such'^L^'t fn': ^.t wtS' "'"■• ''"'''°« ^ '^ "^ - 

ladyT/clr't'hl^t:::!'^' '"" ^^""'>- ^«»"''" ".«discu.ive 

fri; a„°d'tet f^: Z^"" ^ «" «"" ""» «»«> y-uth to the 

Hii^dt'ist;::™ V'rter ^'7'. ^"o '""" -«>.> 

and all such cattle Wh™'^1' ""'' P»'"*ers, and scholars, 
nuke dUrbino, tcau^e ^^ Icamti' r' T ""'. '•"'^"' ""^ 
hi™, and the friars head and Hs "^t *"' '■''"<"^'' »""> 
■In^t.v parchment just come Mf^m C '' *"«'"'" ■"" » 
"ne cowl over the nair m u",t™' "" J""" ">"'<' P"* 



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you come from me, ^ you .re . *ri/«' »™» ''jf,,"jJL'c'h' 
vou up to him. If you put a piece of alver m the wench s 
Lnd, 'twiU do you no harm : that stands to reason. 

"I have sUver,' said Teresa warmly. 

"But stov," said Lucretia, "ramd one thmg. wnat tne 

Skri,i!:^-.r:^s^:X^-i^^3^ 

c^cH !"u^t} But that it « a crucifix of some s<.rt, and 1 
am a holy man, IM dust your jacket with y-ur cruchx says he. 
Onesi h'eard every word'through the keyi.^e ; so mm.l 

"Have no fears, madama," said Teresa lottil>. l win 

answer for his ability ; he saved my child. 

Gerlrf was not subtle enough to appreciate th,s cone lu .on 
and was so far from sharing Teresa's confidence that he 
beggX respite. He would rather not go to the fnar tonlay : 
would not to-morrow do as well f 

" Here is a coward for ye," said Lucretia. 

"No, he is not a coward," said Teresa, finng up: "he is 

■"•:?ram afraid of this high-bom, ,«-«<•-- ^f^j^ft^cT'; 
"Consider he has seen the handiwork of all the writers in 
1,2^1" dame Teresa: if you would but let me prepare .h 
S^ter ptece ofwork than'yet'l have done, and then t<.morrow 
I will face him with it." 
" I consent," said Teresa. 

^^o^faTtm 'hroiXlSng - a shop that sold vellu. 
J^SrVwS^l^tt S^'he'^uMtTpayp! 
r he went T rathei hastily. However, he soon made up 
Ws mind where to get vellum, and parting "ith Teresa at h» 
own dc»rrr«i hastily upstairs, and took the bond he had 
breuihril Ae way from Sevenbergen, and la,d it with a 
,l^h on the table He then prepared with his chemicals to 

£.1 the old writing; but is this was his last chance o 
Sing U, lie LwTv'ercame his deadly repugnance to M 
^ng, aAd proceeded to decipher the deed in spite ol 
leTesSble con'ir.ctions. It appeared by this deed that Oh,^ 
brecht Van Swieten was to advance some money to Hon 
tamdt on a piece of land, and was to repay hunselt out 
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to^slmv fh."!i"',*''''V," r"" ■" '™P™d™t «nd improper 
to destroy the deed. On the contrary, he vowed to decinSer 
every word, «t his leisure. He went do™»t«rs, deterSned 
monel ' ' '' ° ™"""' ''"' *"' ''•"' "^ the^- 

At the bottom of the stairs he found the landlady and 
Teresa talking. At sight of him the former cried- '' 

has ^'ught ;„u' •• " "" ™"«''*' """"^ "■'"• ^<= -hat she 
And whipped out from under her apron the very skin of 
vellum Gerard had longed for. ^ 

wiri,^!7' ^""^ '7^^' *::'"' '''"«™ ' " ^"'^ >>= «•« speechless 
with pleasure and astonishment. l^<:>.ii.csa 

" Dear donna Teresa, there . not a skin in all Rome like it 
However came you to hit on this one ? 'Tis glamour " 

■^t.„ * 1 wk"^'' '" '!!""!;« """y *■""" "' And was it for 
Teresa to let thee want the thing after that ' " 

"What sapcity! what goodness, madama! Oh, dame I 

never^thought I should ,H,ssess this. What did you ^y 

" I forget. Addio, Fiammina. Addio, Ser Ocranl Be 

matron glided away while Gerard was hesitating, and thinkina 
how to offer to pay so stately a creature for her purchase * 

kJ^Z 'T\ ^V! "' "V? ^fte^-^n he went to Lueretia, and 
her boy took hinj to Fra Colonnas lodgings. He annoi„«d 
his business, and feed Onesta, and she took him up to theTrLr 
Oerard entered with a beating heart. The room,*^* large one 
was strewed and heaped with objects of art, ^tiquify, and 
earning, lying about in rich profusion, and confusiol Man", 
scnpts, pictures, carvings in woo.1 and ivory, musical ir - 

or:- ^^z:t^. -'- -' "- ^^-' »«""« ^'^ -^ 
wh";'~d in hT :»""'' p"™'"^'" "■■= '""=""p«™- o-'- 

"Very well," said he. " Let him be seated. Stay; young 
man, show me how you write ? " And he threw Gerari a^p eef 
"f paper, and pointed to an inkhom. ' 

Ire'mwiiT" J™'/"!"™'' f"*"'"," sakl Gerard, "my hand it 
tremMeth too much at this moment; but last night I wrote a 
vellum page of Greek and the Latin vei^ion by its side, to show 
me vanous character. 
" Show it me ? " 

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Gerard brought the work to him in fear and trembling; then 

stood, heart-siek, awaiting his verdict 

When it came it .ta|gered him. For the verdict was, a 

Dominican falhng on his neck. 



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CHAPTER LXI 

Happy the man who has i«° ^^'^^^^^^^f ■ ]^^'^\'"^,mZ\^: 
Oh that I, like Gerard, had a chame des dwna to pull up bj. 
I would be prose laureat, or professor "f 'h^ ^P"f™^"^' "^ 

something, in no time. En atlmdanl. I wiU sketch the In> 

Th^ true revivers of ancient learning and philosophy were two 
writers of fiction— Petrarch and Boccaccio. 

Their labours were not crowned with great, public, and im- 
mediate success; but they sowed the good seed ; and it never 
nerished but quickened in the soil, awaiting sunshine. 
•^Jrom their V Italy was never without a native scholar or 
two, versed in Greek ; and each learned Greek who landc.l 
there was received fraternally. The fourteenth «f "7; "^ '' 
el^, saw the birth of Poggio, Valla and the -^W^' Guanno 
and «rly in the fifteenth Florence under Cosmo de Medici wa. 
. nest of Platonists. These, headed by (^emistus P letho, a born 
Greek, began about /.D. 1440 to wnte down Anstotle. tor te« 
mtods are big enoue-i to be just to great A without bemg unjust 

'The^or^' G.^ defended that great man with moderation: 
George of Trebizond with acerbity, and retorted on Plato 
Then Cardinal Bess^mon, another born Greek, resisted the w.d 
George, and his idol, in a tract " Adversus calumn.atorem 

"puSiaeitv, whether wise or not, is a form of vitality. Bon, 

without controversial bile i" «;/'^"l™l.»"/rt/""" a'! 
Colonna, a young nobleman of Florence, lived for .he arts. At 
t^en rhe turned Dominican friar. His ob ect was q uet study. 
He reUred from idle company, and faction fights, the hummin, 
fnd the stinging of the human hive, to St. Domime and the 

^ An MKr student of languages, pictures, statues chronology 
coin" a^d monumental inscriptions. These last loosened h,s 

'"S;XC'™".rs in the East, and returned laden wi. 

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up. Alfonso Kins "f Naples, Nicolas d'Este, Lionel dTste 
&e Above all, his old friend Thoma., of Sa^.a„a had bee„' 
made pope and had lent a mighty impulse to let "-had 

Kt Pogpo to translate Diodorus Siculus and Xenophon's Cyro- 
p«lm, Laurentlus Valla to translate Her..dotus and ThuevdidT 

^f5aK ^- ^i-rtrtd z^-;;- 

IttlZl.? orf""" P*./"V,»,„. All this was heaven; and he 
settled down m h.s native land, his life a rosy dream. None so 
happy ^ the versatile provided they have Lt their bread To 
make by 1.. ^d Ira Colonna was Versatility. He knew seven 

L^t'a b rm 1?' 1"? "■ """, "-""="■"««= could writ: a Jt^ 
paint a bit, m.,del a bit, sing a bit, strum a bit; and ™uid reUsh 
superior exeellenee in all these branches. F„; this l™t trait he 
deserved to be as hHp,,y as he was. For, gauge he nteUects 
lTeithe';'T?"''='' M^^"" ""' «"'' but fL whose mh,d 

" And Kisdom at one entrance quite shut out." 

And such of them as are conceited as well as stupid shall even 
p.ra.le instead of blushing for the holes in their intellects 
A zealot in art, the friar was a sceptic in religion 

Jlt?'^ "*'' '^'■'' r " ^""^ "^ "'•>" '"'''I ">; opinions of 
.nother age, past or future. Being a Innip of simplicity, his 
scepticism was as naif as his enthusiasm. He aiTected to look 
on the rdigious ceremonies of his day as his models, the heathen 
mumrri'"' "??'?'=•>'''« -'"'hip of go<ls and departed heroes" 
2T 1*"^ '?,',*'"' '"?"''«■'=• «•" here hiT mind drew 
ins learning taught hira wiis of purely pagan orisin that he 
rurotld","' "■"■"'' '"^ "ntiqu'ity; 'thL^gh ha^h^ ^th ht 
«^J™e^ t^ • T "J?*"" """^ "" ^-temporary, he would have 
scorned it from his philosophic heights 

nm of St ""'i "'"™"i ''"'' '"' ""''' ■■'rt'^t' ™'l having the 

Ts soon Ll^d'"^' ;" ^'""'- """"^^"^ his praises .so, IhSt he 

r^tZn. I'Ti.'" "^''S" •"■"• "• toW (ierarf what 

great pnnces wanted him. 

" But 1 am so happy with you, father," objected Gcrani. 

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•• FidUlestick shout being happy with me, " said Fra Colomw; 
■' you must not be happy ; you must he a man of the world ; the 
•rrand le«on 1 impress on the young is, be a man of the world. 
Now theM Montesini can pay you three times as much as I can, 
and they shall too— by Jupiter." 

And the fnar cUpped a terrific orice on Gerard s pen. It was 
acceded to without a murmur. Much higher prices were going 
for copgixg than authonkip ever obtained for centuries uml^r the 

'""oerafd had three hundred crowns for Aristotle's treaUse on 
rhetoric. ,,, , 

The great are mighty sweet upon all their pets while the 
fancy lasts j and in the raRe for Greek MSS. the handsome wnttr 
soon became a pet, and nobles of both sexes caressed him like a 
lap dog. 

It would have turned a vain fellows head ; but the canny 
Dutchman saw the steel hand beneath the velvet glove, and did 
not presume. Nevertheless it was a proud day for him when ht 
found himself seated with Fra Colonna at the Uble of his present 
employer. Cardinal Bessarion. They were about a mile from 
the top of that table; but never mind, there they were ; and 
Gerard had the ad mtage of seeing roast pheasants dished up 
with all their feathii-s as if they had just flown out of a coppice 
instead of oiT the spit : also chickens cooked in bottles, and 
tender as peaches. But the grand novelty was the napkins, 
surpassingly fine, and folded into cocked hats, and birds winf!s, 
andfans; &c., instead of lying flat This electrified Gerard | 
though my readers have seen the dazzling phenomenon without 
tumbling backwards chair and oil. 

After dinner the tables were split in pieces, and cametl away, 
and lo, under each was another table spread with sweetmeats. 
The signoras and signorinas fell upon thein and gormandisol ; 
but the signors eyed them with reasonable suspicion. 

" But, dear father," objected Gerard, ■' I see not the bifurcai 
daggers, with which men say his excellency armeth the left 

hand of a man." 

"Nay, 'tis the Cardinal Orsini which hath invented yon 
peevish instrument for his guests to fumble their meat with.; 1. 
One, being in ha,ste, did skewer his tongue to his palate witli it, 
1 hear ; O tempore, O mores ! The ancients, reclining godlike 
at their feasts, how had they spumed such pedantries." 

As soon as the ladies had disported themselves among the 

sugar-plums, the tables were suddenly removed, and the guests 

sat in a row against the wall. Then came in, ducking and 

scraiiiiig, two ecclesiastics with lutes, and kneeled at the 

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tr.!iS »!ih '"a ""'' 'k '." ""« ""> «'^« of ">« >i«y ; then «- 
L^J^ M L^f. "'«»«»«= ta ""'"e' to which tie criiMl 
fingered h . ,kull cap «» our l.te Iron Duke hi. hat ■ the 

one that had thrice just missed being pope. 

But greater honour was in store. 

One day the cardinal Mnt for hira, «,d after praising the 
heauty of h.s work took him in his coach to the VaSf «^d 
up a private ,ta.r to a luxurious little room, with a greS o"e 1 

^J tl-^ '»»t™™«"",of "t. The caniinal whispered L 
courfer, and presently the Popes private secretary appeared 
with a glorious gnmy old MS. of Plutarch's Lives. And won 

.tTh. 7^ "'h wi n "",':^;"« '*- •''=«*™=''. yet half deHghted 
st^he thought that his Holiness would handle his work and 

The papal inkstands were all glorious externally; but within 
the ink was vUe But Gerard carried ever good ink, home 

Z.'„H t ff"^l"!}'" '5'^""'= '"= P'-y"' ""^ knees Tra 
firm and skilful hand, and set to work. 

One rfde of his room was nearly occupied by a massive curtain 
divided in the centre ; but its ample folds overlapped. TftTr a 
sftil ?h '' "^"T '" P'"=P "'""'«'■ "-"t curtain. He" - 

M Pl,?l.r'";T '* '"T""- " overpowered him. He 
eft Plutarch; stole across the matted floor; took the folds of 
the curtain, and gently gathered them up with his fingers, and 

halbert Two soldiers, armed cap-A-pie, were holding their 

bacK ; but in that instant he heard the soft murmur of voiced 
and saw a group of peraons cringing bifore some hidden figure 

He never repeated his attempt to pry through the guaided 
mrtmn, but often eyed it Every hour or so an ecclesiastic 
peeped in, eyed him, chilled him, and exit. All this w^ 
gbomy and mechanical. But the next day a gentleman, richly 
srmcd, iiounced in, and glared at him. ^ 

" What is toward here ! " saiil he. 

Gerard told him he was writing out Plutarch, with the help 

m question Gerard explained the circumstances of time and 
space that had deprived the Signor Plutarch of the advantage 
01 the spark s conversation. * 

al»'ut"' °"' °^ '"""^ "''' ^"^ ^"'"^ ""=y ''«'P ^"eh a coil 
" Ay, signor, one of them, who, being dead, vet live " 
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"I unrientand you not, yoim. mm," Mi'l '•>«""'''«• »'"' 
M the dignity of i^normce. " Wh.t did the old fellow write f 
Love .torie.?" .nd hi. eye. ip.rkled: "merry tide., like 
Boccaccio." ^^ 

" Nay, live, of heroe. luii ugei 

" Soldier, and popes? " 

" Soldier, and princes" 

" Wilt read me of them Mme day f " 

"And willingly, .ignor. But what would they My who 
employ me, were 1 to breal. off work >" 

"Oh, never heed that; know you not who I am? I am 
.lacque. Honaventura, nephew to hi. Holinew the Pope, and 
captain of hi. guanU And I came here to l«.k after my 
fefiowii. I trow they have turned them out of their room 

"signor Bonaventura then hurried away. This lively com- 
panion, however, having acquired a habit of running into tha 
little room, and finding Gerard good company, otten lookol 
in on him, and chattered ephemeralitie. while Gerard wrote 
the immortal lives. , , 

One day he came a changed and moody man, and threw 
himself into a chair, crying— 

" Ah, traitress I traitress ! " 

Gerard inquired what was his ill ? 

" Traitress I traitress ! " was the reply. 

Whereupon Gerard wrote Plutarch. 

""Fam melancholy ; and for our Lady's sake read me a 
story out of Set PUitarcho, to soothe my bile ; in all that Greek 
is there nought about lovers betrayed?" 

Gerard read him the life of Alexander. He got excited, 
marched about the room, and embracing the reader, vowed lo 
shun " soft delights," that bed of netUes, and follow glorj'. 

Who so happy now as Gerard ? His art was honoured, and 
fabulous price, paid for it; in a year or two he shou d return 
by sea to Holland, with good store of money, and set up with 
his beloved Margaret in Bruges, or Antwerp, or dear Augsburit, 
and end their days in peace, and love, and healthy, happv 
labour. His heart; never stayed an instant irom her. 

In his prosperity he did not forget poor Hetro. He tnok 
the Fra Colonna to see his picture. The friar inspected .t 
severely and closely, fell on the artist's neck and earned the 
picture to one of the Colonnas, who gave a noble price for it 

Pietro descended to the first floor; and lived lie a gentle- 
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«n«. ^Z'S^h'^t'^ " ■"" «•"*'■ ■'"° •"•^"•^ hi. e.. 
to r„v7 "° ""' '"' "" "'"«'«-h"rt«l one, when opj^lj 
J«:qiie» BoiavCTtuni riKie him «qii«nted witii other irav 
young Wlowj. They loved him. Jl «,ught to en .ee Sm 
mto vice, «,d other «pen»e,. But he begged humb y to S 
«eu.ed. So he escaped that temptation. "Ct a gZ^r JZ 



CHAPTER L.XII 

left off woTahh "" ""k "^ 'he P„,«', library, and sometime, 
on Jhlr . ' »™ ''""'■ ""'' """"^ 'he city with Gerard, 
™ w™„r? "' 't happy artist «.„ .11 thin^ ™ /,™„,Td 
WM wrapped up ,„ the grandeur of Home and its churihes 
palaces, and ruins. i-iiurines. 

The friar granted the ruins, but threw cold water on the rest. 
H. h 5^''^ T'. " " '•"' ">= 'o™'' of ""ghty Rome." 
wt,„nh^ ^u""^ """ *r"'>' "' """y feet of the old 
,^Zf™n '" ' ""^ underground, a..d that the modem 
streets ran over ancient nalaces, and over the tops of columns; 
and couplng this with tSe comparatively narrow limit, of the 

Th.J'Z^ 'a T '^^ f ^?""' "'='"'<'' of antiquity that peeped 
aboveground here and there, he altered a somewhat r^nar™ 

LonlTf those '' ''^^ ""' ""r *''^y -" "-■»= ''"-It 

of a°"delldTbbe;"''°"'^ ""'' ^^ '''"" ^" ""'" "" '"e eaves 
"Old Rome must indeed have been fair then," said Gerard 

worJc of the Romans m their vc:ry childhood, and shall outlast 
hZ m °" r^ *''^ fragments of the Temple of Peace 
How would you look could you see also the Capitol with it. 
five-and-twenty temples.' Do but note this Minte Savelll,: 
If M n*". P. ""^ >'""• •"" "'= '•'""•' of the ancient theatre 
m Jer R„": "f- "I 'r '''"^""^"'' °"^ °f "-« '^■«'-«' hill' ta 
mZJT' .>1'.''u *," ''""™' ''"" •"■"P: the women of 
mounWn "°* •"" "'^ '""'* ""^"' *'"' '<>-* 

' Ei pede Uercnlem i ei onpic leonem."* 

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the hrathen Roii'«ns wm proportioMtely grand, he re>i»tril 
ttoutly. . , , „ . , , 

" Hu then the worW lott by Chrint Hi» coming ? wid hr ; 
but blushed, for he felt himself rrproAehlng hl« benelactor. 
" SidnU forbid !" Mid the friar. " 'Twerc hereby to My mi. 
And having made thli direct concemion, he proceeded IP*°^- 
ally to evade it by subtle circumlocution, and reached the 
forbidden door by the spiral back .tiircane. In the midst 
of all which they came to a church with a knot of persons 
in the porch. A demon was being exorcised within. Now 
Fra Colonna had a way of uttering a curious sort "f ''l"^ 
moan, when things Zeno or Epicurus would not have swallowed 
were presented to him as facts. This moan conveyed tn 
such as had often heanl it not only strong dissent, but pity 
for human credulity, ignorance, and error, especially ot course 
when it blinded men to the merits of Pagandom. 
The friar moaned, and said, "Then come away." 
" Nay, father, prithee ! prithee ! I ne'er «w a divell cast 
out." , 

The friar accompanied (ierard into the church, but had .i 
good shrug first There they found the demoniac forced 
down on his knees before the altar with a scarf tied round 
his neck by which the officUting priest held him like .i dng 
in a chain. ,. , ...i. 

Not many persons were present, for fame had put lortn 
that the last demon ca.st out in that church went no farther 
than faito one of the company : as a cony ferreted out of one 
burrow runs to the next. 

When Cieranl and the friar came up, the priest seemed to 
think there were now spectators enough ; and began. 

He faced the demoniac, breviaiy in hand, and first set 
himself to learn the individual's name with whom he had 
to deal. 

"Come out, Ashtaroth. Ohol it is not you then, tome 
out, Belial. Come out, Tata. Come out, Em. No; he 
trembles not. Come out, Aiymoth. Come out, Feriander. 
Come out, Foletho. Comr. out, Astyma. Come out, Nebul. 
Aha ! what, have 1 found ye ? 'tis thou, thou reptile ; at thuie 
old tricks. Let us pray '■ 

"Oh, rx)rd, we pray thee to drive the foul fiend Ncbul out 
of this thy creature : out of his hair, and his eyes, out of lus 
nose, out of his mouth, out of his ears, out of bis gums, out 
of his teeth, out of his shoulders, out of his arms, legs, loms, 
stomach, bowels, thighs, knees, calves, feet, ankles, finger- 
nails, toe-nails, and soul. Amen." 



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The prieit then raw Irani hi> kacn, and turalni to the 
conip.ny, said, with quiet ,ferii.lity— 

"OcntiM, we h,ve here « ob.tln»te ■ divell ^ vou may Ke 
in a Hiimmer day. • ' 

Then, faoinK the patient, he ipoke to him with great rip.ur, 
Mmetlme. nddreminR the man and wmetime. the Bend, and 
they •n.wered him in turn through the «>,ne mouth, now 
wyloK that they haled tho« holy name, the priest kept 
"mide"*' "' ""* """•''"'"'"« ""y '"■' fc"! "o iMd in their 

It was the priest who (!,■„ eonfounded the victim and the 
o.ilpi1t in .dea, by pitching into the former, eullinir him 
soun.llv, klcKing him and spitting repeale<lly in his face. 
I hen he took a candle and lighted it, and turned It down 

louble quick. Then took the eu8to.lial ; and showed the 
pat lent the Corpus IJomlnl withia Then burned another candle 
as betore, liut more cautiously : then spoke civilly to the de- 
moniac In his human character, dismissed him, and received the 
ronipllments of the company. 

J'h^^ o"'"'"-k''' ''T"*' .:''""" y™ ''«ve their names 
r'l 7"xL u'.P"."'"'™ P"^"" '""■"' "•' """h exquisite know- 
ledge of the hellish squadrons." 

"Ay, young man, here we know all their names, and eke 
their ways, the reptiles. This Nehul is . bitter hard one to 
hunt out. 

He then told the com,iany In the most affable way several 
of his experiences ; concluding with his feat of yester- 
day when he drov,- a great hulking fiend out of a woman 
by her mouth, leaving behind him cerUin nails, and nins 
and a t..ft of his own ha. and eried out in a voice of 
anguish — 

"Tis not thou that conquers me. .See that stone on the 
window sill. Know that the angel Gabriel coming down to 
SneM™° °" *""' *'""*' '*" """ ha-s <lone my 

The friar moaned. 

" And you believed him ? " 

recise*?"'' ''''° *""* '" '""''''' ""^ '"'''«^"«' » revelation so 

be ■oniuhe'^'e "^ """ '""'" "^ "°'' ^ ^''"' '" '""'''"* "'''^"'"y 

"Oh, a liar does not always lie." 

"Ay, doth he whenever he tells an improbable story to 
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h«vt iiuwiTtd him out of miltquity — 

' Timeii DuuuM at dowi hrantM.* 

Soinc bUckguanl chopped hli wifc't head off on th«t ilonc, 
young m«n i you Ukc my word for it" 

And the fri»r hurried (ierwd aw«y. 

" AUck, father, I fear you alwhed the (food prieit. 

" Ay, by Follul," laid the friar, with a chuckle ; •' I bllntered 
hiin with a ninKle touch of 'Sicratlc interronaUon.' Whal 
modem can parry the weaponi of antiquity ? " 

One afternoon, wlien Clerard had finiihed hl« day'« work, 
a (ine lackey came and demanded bin attendance at the Palace 
Cenarini. He went, and waa uthered into a noble apartment ; 
there wa« a girl seated in it, working on a Upestry. She roue 
and left the room, and aaid ihe would let her mintren know. 

A go<id hour did (ierard cool bin heeU in that great room, 
and at last he began to fret. 

"These nobles think nothing of a poor fellow's time. 

However, just a» he waa making up his mind to slip out, 
and go aUiut his business, the door opened, and a superb 
beauty entered the room, followed by two maids. It was the 
young princess of the house of Cesiirini. She came in talking 
rather loudly and haughtily to her de|)endants, but at sight oi 
Gerard lowered her voice to a very feminine tone, and said— 

" Are you the writer, messer?" 

" 1 am, signora." 

" 'Tis well." 

She then seated henelf; Gerard and her maids remameil 
standing. 

" What is your name, good youth ? " 

*' Gerard, signora." 

" Gerard ? body of Bacchus : is that the name of a humsii 
creature ? " _ . 

" It is a Dutch name, signora. 1 was Ixim at Tergou, ii. 
Holland." 

" A harsh name, girls, for so well-lavoured a youth ; what 
say you r " 

The maids assented wannlv. 

" What did I send ior him for ? " inquired the lady, with 
lofty languor. "Ah, 1 remember. Be seated, Ser Geranlo, 
and write me a letter to Ercole Orsini, my lover ; at least he 
says so." 



THE CLOISTEK AND THE HEAHTH 

Cierard mted hlrawlf, tuok out |i.pcr .nU Ink, uul looked 
up lu the prin«« lor liwtrurtloi* 

She waiwi OH . muih hiiher ch«lr. iUukmI . throne, looked 
down .him »ith rye. eHU.riy InoulriiiK ' ""' 

" Hell, (tenutiu." 

" I un nmly. yimr excellence." 

" Write, then/' 

" I but .wiUt the wonli." 

" A^' r"""' """'' J"""' '" '" P™"'"!' '*™ f " 
Who but your gnice, who.e letter It l> to In- ?' ■ 
Cminercy! wh»t, y„u writer., find yuu not the word.? 

i^^lTu.r.X"' *"""'" "« •"""' ' "•""" y- - •" 

" N.y, BlKnum I am none. I might m.ke .hlft to p.il vour 
hi«hne« . .peech Into K„mn«r, ., ^ell ,.. writing BuT «" 
Mutinteroret your .Hence Therefo,, .,,e,U. wLt l« In y"r 
licMt, uid I Will empaper It In-for.- your even." ' 

h.fe"'^t ™ w!""* '" "" '"■""■ ^"^ ""-"■'■" • """" ' 
" Wh«t I. In your mind then ? " 

"^h^'w'hytr'iriii"?"'^'"'""' "" -^ '""' "'"•■•'■ 

"Why Indeed? Th.t I. the firnt won! of sense either vou 
he'nor5T?'':h;n'^r"'",-, ''""""«-'- >■'■"•• why writitK 
.Itlu^utcn head.che. Also U i, . laHy'. pari to „; ,he ,i"t 

"No, siftnom: the lut." 

" "'» "ell "pokcn, Ger.rdo. H, ! h« ! Sh.lt have . sold 
piece for thy wit Give me my purse I " " 

And she p.i,| him for the .rticle on the n.il ,i /« ,„„,„ ^„ 
Money never yet chilled «.l. Gemrd, .tier KeVtln7rMld 
pece « chcp, felt bound to pull her out of her d°fficullf If 
tlie wit of TOMi might .chieve it. "iu.i.uiiy, u 

f„li!*'fr''"'"' "''' *"• "">"' """«« "^ only hard becu»e 
folk attempt loo much, are artificial and l.boJ phmes D^ 
but figure to yourself the Mgnor you love " P"""'- "° 

" I love him not." 

"Well, then, the signor you love not-seated at thu Uble .nd 
diet to me jusl wh.t you would say to him. " ' 

Well, if he sat there. I should say. ' Go aw.y • " 

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« Like enough, wench. Now, silence, all, and let me think. 
He pestered me to write, and I promised; so mine honour is 
enKii«ed. What lie shall I .cU the Gerardo to tell the fool? 
andlhe turned her ht- . avay from them and fell into deep 
thoushl, with hir noble chin resting on her white hand, hall 

She was so lovely and statuesque, and looked so inspired with 
thoughts celestial, as she sat thus, impregnating herselt w-.tli 
mendacity, that C.erard forgot all, except art, and proceedal 
eagerly to transfer that exquisite prohle to paper. 

He had very nearly finished when the fair statute tumiil 
brusquely round and looked at him. 

"Nay, signora," said he, a little peevishly; "for Heavens 
sake change not your posture— twas perfect. See, you are 
nearly finished." , ,, ^ .■ 

All eyes were instantly on the work, and all toTigues active. 
"How like! and done in a minute: nay, methinks her 

highness's chin is not qui*e so " 

" Oh, a touch will make that right" 

" What a pity 'tis not coloured. I'm all for colours. Hang 
black and white ! And her highness hath such .. lovely skm. 
Take awav her skin, and half her beauty is lost." 
" Peace. Can you colour, Ser Gerardo ? " 
" Ay signorina. I am a poor hand at oils ; there shines my 
friend Pietro ; but in this small way I can tint you to the life, il 
vou have time to wa.ste on such vanity." 

" Call you this vanity ? And for time, it hangs on me liki. 
lead. Send for your colours now— quick, this moment— for love 
of all the saints. ' , ,, , ,i 

" Nay, signorina, I must prepare them. I could come at tin- 
same time to-morrow." , .„ i » ii 
" So be it. And you, Floretta, see that he be admitted at all 
hours Alack ! Leave my head ! leave my head I ' 

"Forgive me, signiia; I thought to prepare it at home to 
receive the colours. But I wiU leave it. And now let n- 
despatch the letter.' 
"What letter?" 

" To the Signor Jrsini." . 

" And shall 1 waste my time on such vamli/ as writing lettcn 
—and to that empty creature, to whom 1 am as indifferent as 
the moon ? Nay, not indifl'erent, for I have just discovered my 
real sentiments. I hate him and despise him. Girls, 1 licrf 
forbid you once for all to mention that signers name to ine 
again ; else ill whip you till the blood comes. V ou know liow 
I can lay on when I'm roused." 



THE CXOISTER AXD THE HEARTH 
"We do. We do.' 

"■l^h.i, prnvoki- ,nc. n..t U. it ; '• and |,er ev (;„,!u- , ,i,„,,™ 
and sl,e turned to CemnI all instantaneous ' ,.v '^l^l 

He eame next day and coiouied her; and ■ vi .. ,. ., ... 
to make a |H.rtr.it of lur on „ lar^e seale ; n,ul then a iuil 

h^^ fte''ro:;v;";''d':."''^ '""r"- -^^ -v^^^^^^t 

tne .iltemoon toi drawnig and paintinR this prineess whose 
heauty and van.ty were pro,ligi„u,, an.l candidate Wa'.Jr^^rrit 

^/u^lfu'irrrr-nne^n"^ ^ "■^'^^■'« ''"""' '"""' " "' -".<S 
Marj;aret seemed nearer and nearer 

It was Holy Thurs<lay. No work this day. Fra Colonna and 
.erard .sat n, a window an.l saw the reliBious pr„.essio"s 
heirnumherand pious a^lour thrilled (ierar.! with t devoZ' 

Presently the Hope eame pneius majestically at the head of 
h,s carin,als ,n a re.l hat, white cloak, i capuchin of re.l velvet 
and ndmg a lovely white NeapoUtan Urb, -aparisoned with r^ I 
velve frm^ed and tasselle,! (vith sold: a hunZd hor mS 
anned cap-a-pie, ro<le behind him\ith their Iwes erected 
the but-end resting on the man's thish. The c nh ,als w^M 
uncovered, all but one, de .Medicis, who ,«le clos to the Pone 
and conversed with Mm as with an equal. At e en fife 

l:.Srvedl';'tre7hole*'time""'"' '^""' ""= ^"^"^ ">■ ""•«'■•"« 

fsnal'f™! 7 '" P"^"" '•>' "" ™n<l"''>tes, so devou*^ 
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bloody noses, and burnt fingers; in which hurtling his Holiness 
and suite withdrew in peace. , , , . 

And now there was a cr>', and the crowd rushed to a square 
where was a large, open stage: several priests were upon it 
praying. They rose, and with great ceremony donned red gloves 
Then one of their number kneeled, and with signs »f ,th<' '"^^ 
reverence dnw forth from a shrine a square frame, like that ol 
a mirror, and inside was as it were the impression of a face. 

It was the Vera icon, or true impression of our Sanour s iace, 
taken at the very moment of His most mortal agony tor us 
Ueceive.1 as it was without a grain of doubt, imagine how it 
moved every Christian heart. .1, ■ , 

The neoiile threw themselves on their faces when the pnes 
raised it on high; and cries of pity were in every mouth, an. 
tears in almost every eye. After a while the people rose, and 
then the priest went round the platform, showing it for a single 
moment to the nearest ; and at each sight loud cnes of pitj 
and devotion burst forth. ■ <• ci t 

Soon after this the friends fell in with a procession of Flagel- 
lants, flogging their bare shoulders till the bloo.1 ran streaming 
d^n; but without a sign of pain in their faces and many o 
thr aughing and jesting as they lashed. The bystanders out 
of pTty offered^llen, wine: they took it, but few drank it; they 
generally used it to free the tails of tb c,t which were hard 
lith clotted blood, and make the iie.M stroke more effective 
Most of them were boys, and a young woman took pity on onf 

''""Aksfdear child," said she, "why wound thy white 

''""BTsta," said he. laughing, " 'tis for your sins I do it, not 

"^""Hm; you that?" said the friar. "Show me the whip that 
can whip the vanity out of roans heart ! The young monkey ; 
how knoweth he that stranger is a sinner more than he? 

"Father," said Gerard, "surely this is not to our Lonls 
mind He was so pitiful." 

"Our Lord?" said the friar, crossing himself. "Wh-'^^' 
He to do with this? This was a custom in Home six hundred 
years before He was bom. The boys used to go through 
streets, at the Lupercalia, flogging themselves. And die 
married women used to shove in, and try and Rf» « blow fwm 
tlie monkeys scourges; for these blows conferred fru tfulnc s- 
„ those days. A f^lish trick this flagellation ; l>"' "> "-^'^^ 
to the bystander; reminds him of the grand old heathen. 
We are so prone to forget all we owe them. 
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beyond me«.s„re. ' ""'' ""'' »-P™ed Geranl 

■■' Oh "iL"""' IT^T^"" ""' *'■"' ''<'"' h^ there ? '■ 
liJl oftener by it than the [^ " P.,™ ' ^ '"' P"'"""' ""'' "™« 

.h:tt:La^:,!<;":;;:;T'i,;;-^X'LK'"'";'7r l--^^ -^ 

cannot remain; (jone is the iead nith »11 T '''''"''', P"''"" 
amdents; Rone it the wine" '" P^P-^^ies and 

hai^di^s^, fS;';- :^!;rsi:r!' ''""'■^- '^"'' «-- 

"So would I, but for the fine arts." 
" W h-it mean you ^ " 

Ihat is finished and eTp.ed " ""■ ""' P"'™" 'o "■« «» 

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complexion was p»\c, his face oval, his bennl P-^y, "f f";''';^^,' 
m. head crowned with a p..pal mitre. St. Paul was dark skmned, 
^th a thick, square beard; his face also anJ head were more 
square and massive, and full of resolution. ,.,■.■, 

^ Gerard was awc-struek. The friar approved after his fash.on. 
"This exhibition of the ■ imagines,' or waxen '■*«;"'" 
heroes and demigods, is a venerable custom, and nK.teth the 
vulear to virtue by great and visible examples. 

"Waxen images? What, are they not the apostles them- 
selves, embalmed, or the like ? " 

The friar moaned. , „„„„,„ 

'• They did not exist in the year 800. 1 he ^reat old Roman 
families always produced at their funerals a series of these 
■taagines,- then^.y tying past and present history together, 
a™Tho« ng the populace the features of far-famed worthies. 
Ten conceive nothing more thrilling or hutruetive But then 
the effigies were jKirtraits made during life or at the hour ol 
death. These of St. Paul and St. Peter are moulded out of pure 

fancy." 

" Ah ! say not so, father. 

" Cut the worst is, this humour of showing them up on ^i 
shelf, and half in the dark, and by snatches, and witli the pool 
mountebank trick of a drawn curtain. 

' Quodounque osteudiB milii sic iiicredulQfl odi.' 
Enough ; the men of this day are not the men of old. Let us 
have done with these new-fangled mummeries and go among 
the Popes books; there we shall find the wisdom we shall 
vainly hunt in the streets of modem Rome. 

And this idea having once taken root, the good friar plunged 
and tore through the crowd, and looked neither to the ngh 
hand nor to the left, till he had escaped the glones of the 
holy week, which had brought fifty thousand strangers to 
Rome ; and had got nice and quiet among the dead m the 
library of the V'atican. i . ,■ , 

Presently, going into Gerard's room, he found a hot disp.... 
afoot between him and Jacques Bonayentura. H""^^?'''' 
come in, all steel from head to toe ; doffed helmet, puflcd ami 
railed most scornfully on a ridiculous ceremony, at which nj 
and his soldiers had been compelled to attend the Pope ; to «.t 
the blessing of the beast' of burden. i- , „„„i,i 

Gerard said it was not ridiculous; nothing a Pope did co.iW 

'^■nie'Trgumei.t grew warm, and the friar stood grimly neuter, 

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close of thdrcomUt to grind them hoth l,et»ee,i the jaws of 
«nt,<|,nty: when l„ the curtain was gently drawn, an, ,T,lre 
stood a venerable old man in a purple skull eap, with a bean' 
hke white Hoss silk, looking at th'em'with a kind'^though S 

matterT'f'' ''°""'' '*''' '"'' ""'■'" ■""" ■"=■" ""^"' "^" "■<='' 
They all fell on their knees. It was the I'ope 
" ^ay, rise, my children," said he, almost peevishly " I 

came no mtn this comer to be in state. How goes Plntarch ? " 
Cerarcl brought his work, and kneeling on one knee nre- 

sta"nd'i!,; ° """""'' "''° '■^' »<=''"=d ""ira^elf. the others 

His Holiness inspected it with interest 
" lis excellently writ," said he. 
Gerard's heart beat with delight. 
"Ah I this PluUrch, he had a wondrous art, Francesco 

riow each character standeth out alive on his page : how full 

of nature each, yet how unlike his fellow ! " 
.rac,i«^s Bwmvmhiru. " Give me the signor Boccaccio." 
Hu HolmeM. " An excellent narrator, capitano, and writeth 

vE an.'""™- "'" '" 'P'"', " """•«'" '-'monotonous 
Monks and nuns were never all unchaste : one or two such 
stones were right pleasant and diverting; but five score paiut 
h^s time falsely, and sadden the heart of*such as love mankh d 
Moreover, he hath no skill at characters. .Now this Greek is 
supreme m that great art: he carveth thein with pen; and 
tummg nis page, see into how real and great a world we enter 
™ war, and policy and business, and lovl in its own place: for 

a i' It ''w".K*''f- '''*'" "'"•'''■ ™" "■■« "<" "" running after 
a weiich. With tnis great open field compare me not the 
narrow garden of Boccaccio, and his little iSl-rouiid of dis- 
noncst pleasures. 

novel'"""' "°""''''- ""^y ^y- '"'"' ■>"' -iisdained to write a 

wh" ^'-^V ^.°''""*' ''*"' ''""^ """■<' foolish things than one 
whereof it repents too late. When I xrotc novels I httle 
thought to be head of the Church." 

"I senreh ill vain for a copy of it to add to my poor librirj-." 

t ,s well. Then the strict orders I gave four years ago 

Hcmevlrf"'"^'^ "''y r ""'y ''""= ''«™ '-o" discharged 

mZZ'J'". ^T p°'"\''' ™ r *"'"« ""de Pope, sSme 

pteoferile'."' " ■ "* *'""' ^°" ■"">■ '"^ "' "' '"« 

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generosity. Vouchsafe to give us your infallible judgment 
on it ! " ,11 

" Gently, gently, good Francesco. A Pope s novels are not 
matters of faith. I can but give you my sincere impression. 
Well then the work in question hail, as far as I rtmembgr, 
all the vices of Boccaccio, without his choice Italian." 

Fm Colimm. " Your Holiness is known for slighting .Incas 
Silvius as other men never slighted him. I did him injustice tc. 
make you his judge. Perhaps your Holiness will decide mori 
justly between these two boys— about blessing the beasts. 

The Pope demurred. In speaking of Plutirch he hail 
brighten :d up for a moment, and his eye had even flashed ; 
but his general manner was as unlike what youthful females 
expect in -i Pope as you c/ui conceive. I can only describe 
it in French. /.<• geiililhimime blase. A high-bred, and highly 
cultivated gentleman, who had done, and said, and seen, and 
known everything, and whose body was nearly worn out. But 
ilouble languor seemed to seize him at the fathers jiroiiosal. 

"Mv poor Francesco," said he, "bethink thee that • have 
had a' life of controversy, and am sick on't ; sick as death. 
Plutarch drew me to this calm retreat ; not divinity." 

" Nay, but, your Holiness, for moderating of strife between 
two hot young bloods. 

' MoKlipiOt oi CtptJfOyOlOl.' " 

■' And know you nature f.i ill, as to think either of these 
high-mettled youths will reck what a poor old Pope saith ? 

" Oh ! your Holiness," broke in Gerard, blushing and gasping, 
"sure, here is one who will treasure your words all his life as 
words from Hcawn." ,i , 

"In that case,' said the Pope, "I am fairly caught. As 
Francesco here would say — 

' OVK tarin &TT(i tm' anip (Xfuflepoi. 

I came to taste that eloquent heathen, dear to me e'en as to 
thee thou paynim monk ; and I must talk divinity, or some- 
thing next door to it. But the youth hath a good and a winning 
face and writeth Greek like an angel. Well then, my children, 
to comprehend the ways of the Church, we should still nsc « 
little above the earth, since the Church is between heaven and 
earth, and interprets betwixt them. 

" The question is then, not how vulgar men feci, but how the 
common Creator of man and beast doth feel, towards the lower 
animals. This, if we are too proud to search for it m tne 
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ie««.l.» of the Church, the next best thing i, to «« to the ino»t 
ancient hlstoiy of men «n<ln„inials." "le inoBi 

Coloima. "Hcrodotua." 

"Nay, nay; in this matter Herodotus is but a mushroom. 

jour Oreeks. who d.d but write on th- fast Icat of that great 
WHik, Antiquity. 

his'^eml^r"""''- ""■= """ " '■"P* ""=""« "««•>' ''«'^' 
••'Tis the Vulgate 1 speak of. A history that handles 
matters three thousand years before him pedants call 'the 
rather ot Histor}*. 

How'r'.''f'L^'''4"'' '*'",'«"'• ' "i- >"""■ """>'«» ■""«•/• 

How you frightened ne. 1 ,,uitc forgot the Vulgate." 
" Forgot It > art sure thou ever readst it. FranccMo mio ? " 
Not quite, your Holiness. 'Tis a pleasure I have long 

^Zyt r^u- t " ^"^i ""'='"' '"°™="'- ""herto thesi 
gr^id old heathen have left me small time for recreation " 

H« Holmes,. "First then you will Hnd in Genesis that God, 
having created the animals, drew a holy pleasure, undefii^ble 
by us from contemplating of their beauty. Was it wonderful ? 
bee their myriad forms ; their lovely hair and eves, their grace. 

r.n hf T" '^ ■""" ""■* ""''='^y- "«= ="''""• of others 
bnghter than roses, or rubies. And when, for man's sin. not 

'red"""' "'™ destroyed, yet were two of each kind 

"And when the ark and its tremblu.g inmates tumbled 
wlitary on the world ot water, then, saith the word, 'God re- 
men^red Noah, a,,d the calltv that nere with /„„, in the art: 
,1, , '^''";^»™'" ,G"d did write His rainbow in the sky as « bond 

r l?K . "'''r■''^'''^"' "° """"=• """l l«tweenwhom the 
bond } between God and man ? nay. between Go<l and man 
»»<< every lm,,g creature „faUfle,k ■ or my memory fails me with 
,T' '''.^■™'!' f'*' commanded that the cattle should share 
tlie .sweet blessing of the one day's rest Moreover He forlwde 
to muzrie the ox that trod out the com. 'Nay let the poor 

round: the bulk of the grain shall still be for man.' Ve will 
"fcl, t^jh""" that St. Haul, commenting this, saith rudely, 

ofVi,. h KW f..""" • ■ ^*"'y' '"«' ' •'«'■ Peter, instead 
of the humblest of his successors, I had answered him. ' Drop 
hy theatncal poets, Paul, and read the Scriptures: then shalt 
hou know whether God careth only for men and sparrows, or 
for a I H„ creatures. Oh, Paul,' had I madebold to say, 'think 
not to learn God by looking into Paul's heart, nor anv heart 
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"Thrice He forbade the Jem to boil the kid in his mothers 
milk ; not that this is cruelty, but want of thought and Rentle 
sentiments, and so i>aves the way for d""?"**' .'™«7;. .'^ 
prophet .idins on an ass did meet «, anKel. .^h.eh of thew 
two, I'aulo iudice, had seen the heavenly spirit? inarnr, the 
prophet. But it was not so. The man, his vision cloyed with 
si,.; saw nought. The |MK.r despised creature saw all. Nor is 
this recorded as miraculous. Poor proud thmgs, we overrate 
ourselves. The angel had slain the prophet and spared the 
ass but for that creature's clearer vision ot essences divine. 
He said so, methinks. But in sooth 1 rcul it many years agom-. 
Why did Go<l spare rtpentent Nineveh? Because m that city 
were sixty thousand children, hcindes muck cattle. 

" I'rofwie history and vulgar enperience add their mite of 
witness. The cruel to animals end in cruelty to man; and 
strange and violent deaths, marked with retnbutlon s bUxx y 
finge?, have in dl ages fallen from heaven on .uch a. *anton y 
ham innocent beasts. This 1 myself have seen. AH this duly 
weighed, and seeing that, despite this F™""*"" '.'J'™'''' ',.^, 
Stoics, wno in their v«,ity say the <=««"'"» «'l'L^wn„,Trm 
comfort, there be snakes and scorpions which kill ■ Dommura 
teme' with a nip, musquitoes which eat hnn peacemeal, and 
tigers and sharks which crack him like an "'"•""d, we do well 
to be grateful to these true, faithful, patient fourfooted fnends, 
which, in lieu of powdering us, put forth their strength to 
relieve our toUs, and do feed us Uke mothers from their 

*'" Methtaks then the Church is never miore divine than in this 
benediction of our fourfooted friends, which has revolted yon 
great theological authority, the captain of the Popes guaids, 
Snce here she inculcates humility and gratitude, ""^ rises 
towards the level of the mind divine, and interprets God to 
man, God the Creator, parent, iuid friend of man and beast. 

■■ But all this, young gentles, you will please to receive, not 
as delivered by the Pope ex cathedra, but uttered carelessly, i 
Tfree hour, by an ag^ clergyman. On that score you w,ll 
perhaps do well to entertain it with some "«'« '""''i""^'""^ 
For old age must surely bring a man somewhat, in «*"" .'°' 
his digestion (his 'dura puerorum iUia,' eh, Francesco?), which 

"^rfT'wr'i'he purport of the P°P«'% •""v™"^ = ''"' "'^ 

manner high bred, languid, kindly, and free from all tone ol 

Ston ^He seemed to be gently probing the matter m con- 

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.•trt *r.li hi, licnrer., not pl.yinK Sir Or.clr. At Ihr h..llnin ..t 
«II *hMl, w,« ,|«„htle«> . .light touch of huniliuff, hut the 

I lie »ubtle Itall/in ifmce of the thing. 

" I c«ll that good senile,' shouted J«cquM Honaventura 
'Oh, capUto, goal Mnse!" said Gerard, with a deep and 
tender reproach. ' 

The Pope smiled on fierard. 

" Cavil not at wor.l» ; that was an unheard of c.noessim, fr,.ni 
1 riVHl theologian. 

He then asked for all Oeraid's work, un<l took it .m-^y iu his 
hand. Hut l«forc going, he gently pulled Fra Colonnas car, 
and asked him whether he remembered when they were school- 
fdlo»-s ogcther, and robbed the Virgin by the r.«<lsid,- of the 
money drop|>ed mtn her lx)x. 

"You took a flat stick and applied binl lime to the lop, an,l 
drew the money out through the chink, vou rogue," said hi, 
riolmesb severely. 

" To every signor his own honour," replieO Fra Colonna. " It 
was your Hobness s goo<l wit invented the manoeuvre. I waa but 
the humble mstrument." 

"It is well. Doubtless you know 'twas sacrilege." 

"Of the first water; but I did it in such good company, it 
troubles me not. i /» 

" Humph ! I have not even that poor consolation. What did 
we speiid it in, dost mind ! " 

"Can your Holiness ask f why, sugarplums." 

"What, all on't.>" ' 

"Every doit." 

"These arc delightful reminiscences, my Francesco. Alas! 1 
am getting old. I shall not be here long. And I am sorry for 
■l, for thy sake. They will go and bum thee when I am irone. 
Art tar more a heretic than Huss, whom I saw burned with 
these eyes; and oh, he died like a martyr." 

"Ay your Holiness; but 1 believe in the Pope; and Huss 
(Ua not. 

" Fox ! They will not burn thee ; wood is too dear. Adieu 
'M playmate ; adieu, young gentleman ; an old mans blessing 
oe on you. ° 

That afternoon the Pope's secretary brought Gerard a little 
Mft : in it were several gold pieces. 

He added them to his atore. 

Margaret seemed nearer and nearer 
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For «»>« time ,».l, loo. it .pp«r«l « If "•' [•;"" "j;'^ 
walohed o«r him. B«»ket« of .hoi™ |.n.vl.um» »n.l tn.ll^ WLre 
r„u,ht to hl» ,U«r I., ,«rte„, who knew not who h"^;;"]''"!"' 
thfin or iilfcitc<l iKiior»n« ; «nd one .Uy cune « jewel In 

'•="?!;;rHn°'*'''.e «..picion» of hi. Undl^ly hroke .«.t 
"■rhi, 1, no« of thy p.tr„n., .Illy b..y; Ihi. .« — ,>'^. "^ 'J^' 
h.th' f.llea in love With thy .weet ^e. M»rry, 1 bl»me he, 
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THt Prince™ CWli. ordere.1 » full length |«.rt„lt of her»elf. 
C.erard lulvised her to employ hi. friend Pletn. V.nuce.. 

^^ t'^ to put a ,l.«ht on the (ier.nlo, when h,, 

"Thn.'^mJ;!: who knew he wa, »n excellent d«..«ht.m»„, 
but «.%ooa » colouri,t, teRgcd her to stand to h"" - ^ 

Roman statue He showed her how closely he could m.m.c 
m«Zo,M"p.^r She c„„«nted at first; but demurred when 
rhisenthuslasTexplained to her that she must wear the tun,,-, 
toira, and Mndals of the ancients. 

"Why, 1 had as lif ■ e be presented in my smock, said »ht, 
with medifevftl frankness. , 

"ATack! .ignorina," said Gerard, "you h-ve ^.reb- ne» 
noted the ancient habit; so free, so ample, m simple, yet « 
^:l^; and most becoming your ^Rhness, t,.wh«n Heaven ha 
given the n..n,au features, and eke a shapely arm and hand, 

•".V-WhaT. 'Jlir^ou flatter, like the rest, Geraplo' Wc. gUc 
me time to think ont. Tome o' Saturday, and then 1 will s.) 

"''rhe^eCite thus gained was passed in mJcing the tunic au,l 
toga See and trying them on in her chamber, to see whe h 
lS?y suft;d her7tylf of beauty well enough to compensate the.r 

*'tfr:r^':"hr;ln7X- t: interview, «.. .uddenly a,- 

«'fj^-.;::;i^t^d:^;i:!'xr::^^ 

tins lying open. ,, 

"That is fairly writ, anyway, thought he. 
He eyed it a moment more with all his eyes. 
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It WM not written «t nil. It wu nhntcd. 
(leninj gn>ant-fl. 

Homl "'" "^'^ ' '"'"' '"""'' '" " """ ''"" ^'"' •"*'" '" '" 
Ii<' went into the iihop, .nil afli-HltiB iH.niliiil,Mi,<., hiquircil 

how long th« printinK-prcM ha.) been In Rom.. The nij, s«i,i 

he lirlievcd there wiu no »ueh thing jii llie city. 

"Oh, the |j|rt«ntiln; Ihiit wn, printed on the top of the 

ApennineN. ' 

"What, did the printing press I'all down there oiii o' the 
moon r 

"Nay, mc»«er," Mid the tnuler, langhing; "it shot np there 
out of (lennuny. .Sec the title-iMgr ! ' 

Gcmrd took the I.act«ntiu» e«»(erly, .m.i saw the loilowiiig.— 

Opera et ImpotniK Swejnileim pt PimnarU 

Alumnorum Joannl* Kii.it. 

IiupreitDUm Subiacis. A.n. nh^. 

" Will ye buy, uiesscr > See how fair and even l)e Ihe letters, 
lew are left can write like that ; and scarce a quarter of the 
price. ^ 

"I would fain have it," si.i.1 (lerard sa.llv, " hut n.v heart will 
not let me. Know that I am a caligraph, ami these discinirs of 
tust run after nie rounil the world atiiking the bread out of 
my mouth. But I wish them no ill. Heaven forbid ! " And 
he hurried from the shop. 

" Dear Margaret," said he to himself, " we must lose no time; 
we must make r. , h.,y v.h,!, shines the sun. One month more 
«ud an avalanche „|- ,,.,„!. -5 ty|)e shall roll down on Rome 
from those Ap n ., - ,-»i ..y us waste that writers be " 

And he almost ran to the I'rincess Clnlia. 

He was ushered into an apartment new to him. It was not 
"7 lar^e but most luxurious; a fountain playc.1 in the centre, 
and the floor was covered with the skins of ,«uthers, dressed 
with the hair, so that no footfall could be heard. The room 
wa, an ante-chamber to the princess's lamdoir, for on one side 
there was no door, but an ample curtain of gorgeous tapestry 

Here Gerard was left alone till he became quite uneasy, and 
iloubted whether the maid had not shown him to the wrong 
place. * 

These doubts were agreeably dis.sipated. 

Aiight step came swiftly behind the curtain; it parted in 

tne middle, and there stood a figure the heathens might have 

»orshipped. It was not quite Venus, nor quite Minerva; but 

Between the two; nobler than Venus, more womaiuy thaa 

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Jupiters daughter. Toga, tunic, sandals ; nothing was modem. 
And as for beauty, that is of all tunes. „ u j ™n. 

(Jerard sUrted up, and all the artist .i. h,m flushed with 
pleasure. , , . . „ 

■^ "Oh!" he eried innocently, and gaied m "•?'"«• , 

This a.Ided the last charm to his model : a hght blush tmted 
her cheeks, and her eyes brightened, and her njouth smiled 
with delicious complacency at this genume tribute to her 

"*' When they had looked at one another so some time, and she 
saw Oerards eloquence was confined to ejacualtnig and gazing, 

'"""Xnt'r.erardo, thou seest I have made myself an antique 

"°Tmonster?''l doubt Fra Colom.a would fall down and 
adore vour highness, seeing you so habited. 

"Nay, 1 care not to be adored by an old man. I would 
leiver be loved by a young one of my own choosing. 

Gerard took out his pencils, arranged his canvas, wh ch he 
had covered with stout paper, and set ^^'^''^''^i^^^tt 
was he that he had no mercy on his model. At last, after near 
an hour in one posture — 

"Geri^rio," .sSd she faintly, "1 can stand so no more even 
for thee." 

" Sit down and rest awhile, signora. 

"I thank thee," said she; and sinkmg into a chair turned 

•"oe'Sit^liarmed, and saw also he »«1 been ^considerate 
He took water from the fountain and was about to throw it in 
her face ; but she put up a white hand deprecatingly. 

"Nay, hold it to my brow with thine hand; prithee, do not 

""(ferlrf Umidly and hesitating applied his wet hand to her 

brow. A ■ '• 

"Ah! "she sighed, "that is reviving. Again. 

He applied it again. She thanked him, and asked him to nn^ 
a littleZid-bell on the table. He did so. a.na a maul came, and 
was sent to Floretta with orders to bring a large tan. 

Floretta speedily came with the fan. 

She no Toner' came near the princess """"■ w5h!!^^, 
high-bred nostrils suddenly expanded like » ^oodho^i s^ 
"Wretch'" said she; and rising up with a sudden return to 
vigour seized Floretta with heJleft hand, twisted it n^er 
hair, ind with the right hand boxed her ears severely three 
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)„.r nhr-ks I. .1 her eves l.rishteneil. -ni htr <,<mah sinik.l 
with lieh.-.f.ii .ompU-cncy at this gtrmuiK' Irihuic to hf 
.'hirrn^ , 

V^ hull thiv had lixiknl at ran- aliuthcr »o Mime tlinf, tiud mm 
»»»• (ura,.l s rl..(|iii.!iic was cotiliiicd to i-jacLaltinp ,.lid j;«'U'i- 

shf SjKlkl'. 

" Wrll. (.fr.iril... Ihou scest I have 
minister I'lir the>' 

"A monstir.' 1 il"id>l Tn Colimna W' 
adore ymir hishii-st., sci-in;; yon so habited." 

-sky, I (.ire not In hi- adurtil by ,iii old iiian. 
lein r be loved bv a V""iv.< one of niy own ihi>osui|{.' 

C.erard t.Kik out h.s |)em-ils. >r,ar.«rd lii« caiiva-.. whii-i, 
had covered with *nit paper, and .fct to 
was he that he li.id no mercy on his m.> 
an hour in one jKistnrt: — 

-Gerard.),' said >hi; fainlii. " 1 ean Ktuid so no more ( 
for thee.' 

"Sit down and rest awhiU-, siiinora. ' 

'■ 1 thank thee," said she ; and smkin); into a ehair t.n 
pale and sinhed. 

(itranl was alarmed, and ~«w als<, he had lieen ineonsid. 
He took water from the iounlalll and was about to thro-., 
her faee. but she put up a whit, hand depreeatinjlv. 

• \av, le Id If to m> l!ro>v wi* 
tillli; It at me 

f.?t«ril •n.irtiy and hesiralllia ap|-.!lei 
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■ \i, 1.. s.jfhol- ' ilwt !s revivin«. \,aiii. 
Hf ap:.'!' •■ it. ajiraio. Sh. thanked hira, iiid asked hin 
, liltlr h.iiii! hell on the lable. He did so, .uid a maul ii. 
was s«-nl u. rloretU wi'h orders to brii.K a larjre fan. 
FIraelta <pe..i(ilv came with the fan. 
She no ^isi'ie ' .-anie near the p.-'e.ss, than th- 
hiKh-bred iioslni- -mldenly expand, d like a bi.«» 
"Wretch! ' aid ihe ; ami risini; up "'h a snddu i 
vijtour. seized I'ioret;.. with Inr !ei\ l.-.nd, twjste,^ e 
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FloretU screamed aiid blubbered ; but obtaineu no merry 
Tlie «iitii|ue toga left ipiite disengaged a bare .irm, that now 
seemed a? powerful as it was beautiful : it rose and fell like 
the piston of a modem steam-engine, and heavy slaps re- 
sounded one after another on Florctta's shoulders; the last 
one drove her sobbing and streaming through the curtain, and 
there she was heard crying bitterly for some time after. 

"Saints of heaven!" cried Gerard, "what is amiss? what 
hath she done ? " 

"She knows right well Tis not the first time. The 
nasty toad ! Ill learn h^r to come to me stinking of the 
musk-cat." 

" Alas ! signora, 'twas a small fault, methinks." 

" A small fault ? Nay, 'twas a foul fault." She added with 
an amazing sudden descent to humility and sweetness, " Are 
you wroth with me for beating her, Gerar-do .' " 

" Signora, it ill becomes me to school you ; but methinks such 
as Heaven appoints to govern others should govern them- 
selves." 

" That is true, Gerardo. How wise you are, to be so young." 
She then called the other maid, and gave her a little puree, 
" Take that to Flcretta, and tell her ' the Gerardo ' hath inter- 
ceded for her; and so I must needs forgive her. There, 
Geraido." 

Gerard coloured all over at the compliment ; but not know- 
ing how to turn a phrase equal to the occasion, asked her if 
he should resume her picture. 

" Not yet ; beating that hussy hath somewhat breathed me. 
I'll sit a while, and you shall talk to me. I know you can talk, 
an' it pleases you, as rarely as you draw." 

" That were easily done." 

" Do it then, Gerardo." 

Gerard was taken aback. 

" But, signora, I know not what to say. This is sudden." 

" Say your real mind. Say you wish you were anywhere but 
here. ' 

" Nay, signora, that would not be sooth. I wish one thine, 
though." 

" Ay, and what is that ? " said she gently. 

"I wish I could have drawn you as you were beating that 
(loor lass. You were awful, yet lovely. Oh, what a subject 
tor a Pythoness ! " 

" Alas ! he thinks but of his art. And whv keep sueh a coil 
about my beauty, Geraido? You are far fairer than I am. 
Vou are more like Apollo than 1 to Venus. Also, you have lovely 
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Jiair and lovely eyes — but you know not what to do with 
them." 

" Ay, do I. To draw you, sigiiora." 

" Ah, yes ; you can see my features with them ; but you 
cainiot see what any Roman gallant had seen long ago in your 
place. Yet sure you must have noted how welcome you are to 
me, Cjerardo? " 

" 1 can see your highness is always passing kind to me ; a 
poor stranger like me." 

" No, I am not, Gerardo. I have often been cold to you ; 
rude sometimes ; and you are so simple you see not the cause. 
Alas ! I feareil for my own heart. I feared to be your slave. 
I who have hitherto made slaves. Ah ! Gerardo, I am un- 
happy. Ever since you came here I have lived upon your 
visits. The day you are to come I am bright. The other 
days I am listless, and wish them fled. You are not like the 
Roman gallants. You make me hate them. You are ten 
times braver to my eye ; and you are wise and scholarly, and 
never flatter and he. 1 scorn a man that lies. Geraiwio, 
teach me thy magic ; teach me to make thee as happy by my 
side as 1 am still by thine." 

As she poured out these strange words, the princess's mello« 
voice sunk almost to a whisper, and trembled with half-su|)- 
presscd passion, and her white hand stole timidly yet earnestly 
down Gerald's arm, till it rested like a soft bird upon his wrist, 
and as ready to Hy away at a word. 

Destitute of vanity and experience, wrapped up in his 
Margaret and his art, Gerard had not seen this revelation com- 
ing, though it had come by regular and visible gradations. 

He blushed all over. His innocent admiration of the regal 
beauty that besieged him, did not for a moment displace the 
absent Margaret's image. Yet it was regal beauty, and wooing 
with a grace and tenderness he had never even figured in 
imagination. How to check her without wounding her ? 
He blushed and trembled. 
The siren saw, and encouraged him. 

"Poor Gerardo, " she murmured, "fear not; none shall ever 
harm thee under my wing. Wilt not speak to me, GerarKlo 
mio?" 

" Signora ! " muttered Gerard deprecatingly. 
At this moment his eye, lowered in his confusion, fell on 
the shapely while arm and delicate hand that curled round his 
elbow like a tender \'ine, and it flashed across him how he had 
just seen that lovely limb employed on Floretta. 
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when thou «.tc.Ie,t to me.'^Mit*' ho rTw^toTri" 
thee? twas the sight of thee, and thy pretty way" and tl,v 
fool well enough before ; or wist I lllf»l hi™ T.n 

!;;'Lr\*'r ■■"' '"ou^jr he^'^n^Then'^'Arth™ 
krowest not J lovest me not, 1 doubt, as I love thee Pl,;i,; 
tiraes, Geranlo. And eaeh time dearer to me The 51f ,h 
™r«' ■■"',■';» "W't, not day, to cZl Alas M ,Sk f"; 

|^7^^^-/-««he?":uSS 

"S'.Leteo'rrin^.^"'"'' '" ' ""- p'-''"* ™'- 
£.ri-i.--tei;rftra-^-&;S 

f«ncy Sure some ill spirit hath h«] leave to afflict vouwitZ 

rf ^'seTrStt: o-rS-""-- -^ -- ^ 

i-he princess withdrew her hand slowly from Gerard's wrist 
...olrafpa^:"' ''""' "™- "'' ''™ " -medt C; a 
l.»;f Imlm^foLly'*'''" "' "'^ '""''"^■''" -" "". '>«''«<lly, 

Oe;.'^l»;-Mr "H^Tt"'. ^^rSi-nd triLrdf ""^ 
conscience " "^ saints, and my own 

"' In H„*l!"!l " °"^ ""-^here then. Where ? where ? " 
in Holland, my native countrj- " 

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" Princess, she I love is not noble. She is aa I am, Nor is 
she so fair as thou. Yet is she fair ; and linked to my heart for 
ever by her virtiius, aiid by all the dangers aiid griefs we have 
bume together, and for one another. Ftirgive me ; but I 
would not wrong my Margaret for all the highest damt , ::; 
I tidy." 

The hlighted beauty started to her feet, and stimd opposite 
him, as beautiful, but far more terrible than when she Hlappeil 
Floretta, for then her eheeks were red, but now they were pale, 
and her eyes full of concentrated fury. 

" This to my face, unmannered wretch," she cried. " Wai* I 
bom to be insulted, as well as scorned, by such as thou ? Be- 
ware 1 We nobles brook no rivals. Bethink thee whether is 
better, the love of a Cesarini, or her hale : for after all 1 havr 
said and done to thee, it must be love or hate between us, and 
to the death. Chiwse now ! " 

He looked up at her witli wonder and awe, as she stottd 
towering over him in her Roman toga, ottering this strange 
alternative. 

He seemed to have affronted a goddess of antiquity ; he .1 
poor puny mortal. 

He sighed deeply, but spoke not. 

Perhaps something in his deep and patient iigh touched n 
tender chord in that ungovernetl creature ; or perhaps the time 
had come ior one jwssion to ebb and another to flow. The 
princess sank languidly into a seat, and the tears began to steal 
rapidly down her cheeks. 

"Alas! alas!" said Gerard. "Weep not, sweet lady, your 
tears they do accuse me, and I am like to weep for company- 
My kind patron, be yourself; you will live to see how much 
better a friend I was to you than I seemed." 

*' 1 see it now, Gerardo," said the princess. " Friend is the 
word I the only word can ever pass between us twain. I was 
mad. Any other man had ta'en advantage of my folly, ^ou 
must teach me to be your friend and nothing more." 

Gerard hailed this proposition with joy ; and told her out of 
Cicero how godlike a thing was friendship, and how much 
better and rarer and more lasting than love : to prove to her 
he was capable of it, he even told her about Denys and 
himself. 

She listened with her eyes half shut, watching his words to 
fathom his character, and learn his weak point. 

At last, she addressed him calmly thus : " Leave me now. 
Gerardo, and come as usual to-morrow. You will find your 
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f^l^^'-'^y'^'^'^^tLt^^ " ' r «"' -^ 

he^hwl done pmdently or nit """'"'' "^ "ondering whrthw 

theprin":^,^^''^.,:;:: Z'1,^eJ^ur"'"' ■""•"«' »"•' 
« v«y short sitting, ex"™d he~^lf '■ '^*'"'' '"'' """ 
Gerani felt the chilling dSetee^^f "",''. ''l™''"'' >"■»>• 
'»*■«." So,hewa,i„herw,y ' ' '*"' *" ''™'«"'' "She 

they treated him ae7dorth"t*i,ld H° "" t*"''' *">« "«» 
could not The cavdieni m XicX oJilT ''t^' '"<^'' ""cy 

j;:tS*SJj;j:ttt.^;j-^^^^^^ 

h«l her door, closed against fveX o"e'o?th 7 'u^'''""' ««•' 
The next day Gerard found WaZ. m '*',' """ l"^""- 

sta„d,„g to him so some time, she s^S ^ "*'" ""'' '""''■ After 
"Vou treated my comranv withT" 

you." ' """l-^ny with less respect th«> became 

" Did I, siftnora ? " 

Wteroi; ytr Xk" ""' """"«" '"^y *•• you the 

"()h\' ?*f T"**"'" "'^"^ Gera«l 
-" ".!;;,''AS" '''^'"' - '■'^■' - »'«'■ -«!». Vour cheek, 

■llna'trt^^^lLt.^ "'°'"'"' "' '^'"« » --h ignorance and 
;; Now it is me, their hostess, you aflront " 

Home— |,„t one." -maest patron and friend I have in 

"How humble we are .-ill /.f j. 

•■""■"lo, you are a captal fe' °^ %'"*''^"- '» «»th, Ser 
"' »;ill." ' 'C'«ner, You can insult or truckle 

"Truckle? to whom?" 

^'I l^e'VuSV b:t"":Ce°'"parn'^™'"' '-»'«--'»". 
•^me." ™<we patronage you claim all the 

''^"et':S';r,''''"">"'.'>«"J"'h- heart. 
,H,„,-« are biting wo,^,, signor. Have , really deserved 

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" I «n no »w»hbuckler, yet I h.ve .ocl .t«l with •««' J ■™J 
n»thlnk> 1 h«l r.ther f«e your kin.n.en» .wonU th«. your 
cruel tonsue. lady. Why do you une me «o f 

"GeS, for^o goil reLon, but bec.u« "'",:r^'m; 
„d ,hr««i,h, «nd cur.t, «id bec.u«: everybody «lmlre. me 

""""{"^mlre you too, rignoriL Your Wend. m.y H.tter you 
more- brWleve me they have not the eye to .ee hJf your 
Z^ Their babble ye-terday showed me that. N"™ «!"'";• 
vouTore truly, or wi/h you tetter, than the poor artW, wh.. 
might ^t te /our lover, but hope<l to 1« your frieml ; but no, 
r«e that ma/ not he between one «. high a, you, and one «. 

'"* Ayl but it shall, GeTardo," said the Pri"™' "*"'>, "' 
will not be so curst. Tell me now where abides thy Margaret 
„d "will give thee a present for her; and on that you «.d 1 

"'"s^e"' daughter of a physician called Peter and they 

bide at Sevenbergen ; nh me, shall I e er see it agam i 

"Ti. well. Now go." And she dismissed him somewhat 

''''p^r''Ger..d. He Iwgan to wade in deep water, when i.r 
JZu^ this ItaUanVnee«-. callida et "Ud. «ais^« - 
He resolved to go no more when once he had finished her 
Hkenest Indeed he now regretted having underUken so lo„« 
and laborious a task. , . , 

This resolution wa. shaken for a moment by his next r 
ception, which was all gentleness and kindness. 

Afte^ standing to him some time in her toga, she said s.^ 
was fatigued, and wanted hi. assistance in another way : would 
he te«rher to draw a little? He sat down beside her aiul 
taugSrher to make easy lines. He found her wonderfi-H) 

"■■"I h,^''^'t«cher before thee, Gerar-do Ay, <^ •>"' J- 
h«,dsome as thyself." She ther- went to a drawer, and brought 
out several head, drawn with a complete ignorance of the «^, 
l^t^S. great p."enee and natural Ulent They -re^ 
heads of otrard, ai full of .pint ; and really not unhke. One 

"" The" •'' iSdThe. " Now, thou «est who w«. my teacher." 
" Not I, signora." , n 

"What, iSiow you not who teaches u. women to do >^ 
thing.? 'Tis love, Gerar-do. Love made me draw bec.u« 
ST^drawest, Gerar-do. Love prints thine miage m m) 
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-.nt^of .rt. ...d ,„! .h, ^,„,^ f„.„„, ,^^ ^^^^ ^^^ 

She kughed in hl> f«ce. 

built th.t t.si^i'. '",;.', Jh," '^>i!;'v r'"'' .'"^■' r*"" "" 

•n. I will ..HtheTL^Tr h-t 'L'"' """'j"' " """ f" 

from me. ""y '*« «t a wonl 

■; But you will not ,peak that word, .ignora." 
inat worci I wil tiiwaL- vr «""■•»• 

«.<! I will .end a ««cUl m?„eni^ IrL*" T *'"'" *'''' ■'"'» ' 
me^enKer, well taughT hTTe.^ 'Pp^^"™'*'*''" :• cunning 
thee dead, and think thee &I,M >■ '^"K'"' «l>all know 

Jo^-. FoV a man thtu 'rt no,"' ''" ' "'"'' <^ '» "•>• Krave ; a 

n^P:^uZXlr''' """ '"^ """"stricken. -God have 

neverTnJri„"H„"lCnj th"' '^*' ™ "■^«"'- ^he will 
1« driven to ell heT ",'.e Corn"" ?", ."T" ""'«" ' 
mio; what will it M«t thee .' 1' ^T'*' ">«' ^erar-do 

thee but to feLn i^h. 1 , ">'''"'" '■»■"' ■"«? I «ik 
for the poor p£^ rf deZ^'^' 1^,°" "u" y"""*- <"' ""t 
. heart. Who wirshedaT? ? "'•V' ^''"'r"'" shadow of 
-vmi.uKh,n„t.eep„tMhVt:mb.t'„:'!!:Hr' '^" "■« """ 

n.o'r!;:„t".''tt:"fe"et"''a'id Zred' '"t' '"'^"'"' "■"" •""-'' "■ " 
the story of his^ove .nK ■'" ""'' '°'^™' "f eloquenee 

for her; how she h^' h^^er ^ '^?'' ^'"' •'"^'" '» «"• 
•t home. How he ha^ walt:^ th'^„/rp''™' »'"' "»" P'""* 
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,tory u»i M«g.«f.: h. cught her h.nd ..»! rlMp«l It 
t,lw«.. both lii., «.d hi. ic.™ Ml f«t "» 1>" '7''' " ^' 
imploml her to think on .11 the woe. of '•>• '-T, ^'■""•'^' 
would p.rt; and wh.t but rcmon*, .wlft «.d If »"■«•«" ' 
come of*, .leep . love betr.yed. .nd » «« . ' ve feigned, 
with muluid hatred lurking «t the bottom. 
In «uih momcntH none ever resi.ted «.er«nl. 
The prince-, after in vain tryS,; u, K'-t •"•:5 '""''"'"?• h"' 
.he fell hi, power over her, beg.,, '. - waver, .i.d •'nh. -"d ^cr 
boMm tn ri«e and fall lumulluou.ly, .o.<l her hery eye, to fill. 

" ?ou conquer me," .he «.bbeJ, " You, or my better angel. 
Leave Rome ! " 
" 1 will, I will." _ ,„ . .... 

" If you V .the a word of my folly, it will be your la.t. 
"Think ..ut «. poorly of me. You are my benefactre.-, once 
more. I. it for me to .lander you f " . , ,, .,. 

"loll will K,nd you the mean.. I know mywlf ; il you 
.-,,.,. my path again, 1 .hall kill you. Addio; my heart ,h 
trroken.' 
She touched her bell. , 

"FloretU," Mid .he, in a choked voice, "take him wfe out 
of the hou.e, through my chamber, and by the .ide p-Mtem. 

He turned at the dcir ; she w«. leimlng w.th on,- h«n,l o,> 
a chair, crying, with averted head. Then he thought only .,f 
her kindnL,'^;nd ran back and ki»ed her n-lK.. She never 

"" O^e clear of the house he darted home, thanking Heave,, 
for his escape, »ul and body. , , , , .i „,,h 

" Landlady," Mid he, " there is one would pick a quari.-l w.th 
me. What to to be done ? " . i, . ■.. , 

"Stril« him first, and at v«,t.-,ge 1 Get behind h,m ; .nd 

' " Ain,*'l lack your lUlian courage, lo be serious, tis > 

"°" Oh, holy saints, that to another matter. Change thy 
lodging awhile, and keep snug; and alter the feshion oi tii) 

'"she then took him to her own niece, who let lodgings .t 
«>me little distance, and insUlle<l him there 

He had little to do now, and no pnnces. to draw so he Kl 
himself resolutely to read that deed of F'»"^B7!«"; '7" * ,"" 
he had hitherto been driven by the abonnnably b"! *" "* 
He mastered it, and mw at once that the low. on tin 1«1 
must have been paid over and over again by the renU, and Ui.t 
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for AnutenUm In f,.ur il,y , "^ ^ """"' "" «» "^1 

■ti. lovely f.lr w«lh.r for thrii. ^^/m. T? l'^"' •"' ""^ 

^y^>.MT '""' """ "" "'" "'•' '-"■-'^ wah her 

"lit of nomt- MS. P "' P"P" *'"• 'h'» line, cut 

;; La lingua „„„ h, „ ^ f^ 

n,yi:r'"=""'' ■^'''^-'^ -'""•' ••'"'t^«.i...betw«„ 
"What Is that?" 

'"!';i",^'«'.'>V"'to'dSn" ™r,<i1^'"' ""•' '""■' '" "« 

"N<:iLr«:e,?t;',iThr'!'''« "'"'•' ■•-^=>""^^^^^^^^ 

d.™e!" ""' ''°' ■"•' "'''«? >>-? who b™„«ht it? Oh, 

■.n;.i!h'r;rA;x'^7.:;:''.'"«i<"»'. f- .nu «.. „„t. 

b-t X'tV:: t t' Ta'r'thee^r; a 'I'^H-'T'^ " -"'■ 
™l a nod, and smiles, .mT I n^V .^d sJl ""1 ''"" f"*"' 
'""Thar •"•H-a:! \--'\'>'r^^te r.^i"-' '■'- " 

l-l oh^'i't'li,'? r '.°T'" ■•",' °"* »«'"" "-an betray her 
■wd hanlest of all t„ ?^ .* me w„„g, ^„^^_ reproaehe", 
™mmand. Sure »me «in h,^:i ' '""1 ^""" '^"'^'^ •" 

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" Av. is it, lad; and no farther off than ray pocket. Come 
out, Gerard!, reward," and she brought a letter out of her 

""c^rarf tSew his arm round her neck and hugged her. 

"My best friend," said he, "my second mother, 1 11 read it 
to you." 

"Av, do, do." .^ . , , 1 .' 

"Alas! it is not from Margaret. This is not her hand. 
And he turned it about. 

"Alack ; but maybe her bill is within. The Lisses are av, 
fo' eliding in their bills under cover of another hand. 

"True. Whose hand is this? sure I have seen it 1 tro. 
•tis my dear friend the demoiselle Van Eyck. Oh, thfn 
Margaret's bill will be inside." He tore it open. " Nay, tis al 
in one writing. ' Gerard, my weU beloved son (she never calleil 
me that before that I mind), ' this letter brings thee heavy news 
iWm one would leiver send thee joyful tidings. Know that 
Margaret Brandt died in these arms on Thursday sennight last 
(What does the doting old woman mean by that ?) The lus 
word on her lips was "Gerard:" she said, "Tell him I praje. 
for him at my Ust hour ; and bid him pray for me. hhe (bed 
very comfortable, and I saw her laid in the earth, for her father 
was useless, as you shall know. So no more at present from her 
that is with sorrowing heart thy loving friend and servant, 

< Mahoaret Van Eyck. 

"Av, that is her signature sure enough. Now what dvc 
tmnk of that, dame?" cried Gerari with a gratmg laugh 
" There is a pretty letter to send to a poor fellow so tar troni 
home. But it is Reicht Heynes 1 blame for humounng the 
old woman and letting her do it ; as for the old woman herselt, 
she dotes, she has lost her head, she is fourscore. Oh, ra) 
heart, I'm choking. For all that she e..;ght to be locked ..p, 
or her hands tied. Say this had come to a fool ; say 1 .™ 
idiot enough to believe this; know ye what I should do ? run 
to the top of the highest church tower in Rome and flmg my- 
self ofiF it, cursing Heaven. Woman I woman ! what are vou 
doing?" And he seined her rudely by the shoulder. What 
are ye weeping for?" he cried, in a voice all unlike his o«i, 
and Wi and hoarse a, a raven. " Would ye scald me to < e.,th 
with your tears ? She believes it. She believes it. Ah . an . 
ah I ah ! ah ! ah '—Then there is no God." 

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^p^. '■■•S:^^^^'^^- °-' ^P"- none," 
Gerard staggered against the window sill. 

My pretty Marg^t my 'Cet 1 T """'m °*^ ""' ""■•'''■ 
best daughter ' ^ i„Zi T ', TJ '""L* Margaret. The 

I'll hunt him ro J the town lU I™™ 'C """ f""^ """» ' 
hood down his throat " "" ■"" """"'^ring false- 

hof" *"' """' ""^ *"" ""' ■■"■■ f""°-'^ "'""t the streets for 

foIrM^rg-r 'but hirJ^^L-nd h^ h f^'- "-^ " ■■»' 

woman. .mpl^Wor^arjeaTh t^,l;l'™^ '° '"'- ""e 

re^'edTf^-'-SorT^Jj-'he";: iT^'h T ■» ""'.™"' «"<' 

great staring eyes, mu'tteltat imSSs,' -'There^ " "g';^^'" 

Alarmed both on his account and on her o™ flbr L I 1, i 

a .hesperate maniac), his landla<ly ran f "r her Zt ' ""''"' 

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Gerard returned to consciousness and to despair. 

Th. I ir ^ '"^ •"' "'■'' »"''""' hair, long as a woman's. 

ot the'^fth"' fT^r l""'""'" ""•= •"•"'he? rapidi;. 
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On the sunset of that same day he fell into a deep sleep. 
Some said he would wake only to die. 

But an old gossip, whose opinion carried weight (she had 
been a professional nurse), declared that his youth might save 
him yet, could he sleep twelve hours. 

On this his old landlady cleared the room and watched him 
alone. She vowed a wax candle to the Virgin for every hour 
he should sleep. 

He slept twelve hours. 

The good soul rejoiced, and thanked the Virgin on her 
knees. 

He slept twenty-four hours. 

His kind nurse began to doubt At the thirtieth hour she 
sent for the woman of art. 

" Thirty hours ! shall we wake him ? " 
The other inspected him closely for some time. 
"His breath is even, his hand moist 1 know there Ire 
learned leeches would wake him, to look at his tongue, and 
be none the wiser; but we that be women should have the 
sense to let bon Nature alone. When did sleep ever harm 
the racked brain or the torn heart ? " 

When he had been forty-eight hours asleep, it got wmd, 
and they had much ado to keep the curious out But they 
admitted only Fra Colonna and his friend the gigantic Fra 
Jerome 

These two relieved the women, and sat silent: the former 
eyeing his young friend with tears in his eyes, the latter with 
beads in his hand looked as calmly on him as he had on the sea 
when Gerard and he encountered it hand to hand. 

At last, I think it was about the sixtieth hour of this strange 
sleep, the landlady touched Fra Colonna with her ellww. He 
koked. Gerard had opened his eyes aa gently as if he had 
been but dozing. 
He stared. 

He drew himself up a little in bed. 

He put his hand to his head, and found his hair was gone. 
He noticed his friend Colonna, and smiled with pleasure. 
But in the middle of smiling his face stopped, ami was con- 
vulsed in a moment with anguish unspeakable, and he uttered 
a loud cry, and tunied his face to the wall. 

His good landlady wept at this. She had known what it is 
to awake bereaved. 

Fra Jerome recited canticles, aiul prayers from his breviary. 
Gerard rolled himself in the bed-clothes. 
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emotion. '^^ ■ *°' ''« *" overcome by his 

Fra Jerome remained liehind. 

of p^^.TCi^ri'^' "-^t '^rr^' "'" '" "-^ •""- 

the Sar, on eari Td happtaes, to the "Tk*'"'1 "^^ '^ 
earth deceived thee hatK * ? t """' hereafter. Hath 
ing it, the Church o-nsheHr ''"''"'" '^^ ^f"^ "'*" '""- 
The Church i, peaci^rmtd " """""'"'" "'^ «"*' '" ''"■' 

^Snr'heyrre^tt^^'™"'^ "' *"' •'"°'""«' "- «o„e 

hi,"S''afterte"«Lr'' " m'T'".":'"* ''""""''y- ™' '^^^ 
for the Church £%h„dd n^t 1?^T" T """ ^'"'"='' ' 1^ 
cold, cold, in Holtnd O, "m"^" ''"«•''"<' 'he lie cold, 

my darling! And I must ',,7 f""^T" °}!' ""^ '''''"•>*! 

^-h.,,h.da.ve^l;:;; S^t^t^tlTllH-h^r'S 

He wept bitterly a lon^ time. 
JX- ' '""""« """ "^-^ '*""■' "- ^^d vehe- 

™li«mte r';h/rh"''rf ■"'?'' J ^^ ''"^'" f-"- her; my 

WM^^.^slipm.te'bur/.'^l.-r' '"-"he'luld have 
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" Silnte preserve us ! Is he distraught again ? What seek ye?' 

"ObUvion." . 1 11 

" Oblivion, my little heart ? Oh, but y are young to talk so. 

" Young or old, what else have 1 to live for ? ' 

He put on his best clothes. 

The good dame remonstrated. „ . .. 

" My pretty Gerard, know that it is Tuesday, not Sunday. 

" Oh Tuesday is it ? I thought it had been Saturday. 

" Nay, thou hast slept long. Thou never wearest thy bravt 
clothes on working days. Consider." , u n j „l,.i 

" What I did, when she lived, I did. Nov I shall do what- 
ever erst I did not. The past is the past There Ues my hair 
«,d with it my way of life. ' have served one Master as well 
as I could. You see my rewnrtl. Now I U serve another, and 
give him a fair trial too. 

" Alaa ! ■' sighed the woman, turning pale, " what mean these 
dark words ? and what new master is this whose service thou 
wouldst try ? " 

" Satan." 

And with this horrible decUration on his hps the miserable 
creature wdked out with his cap and feather set jauntily on one 
side, and feeble limbs, and a sinister face pale as ashes, and all 
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CHAPTER LXV 

A OABK cloud fell on a noble mind. ^ , . . v, „,.„ 

His pure and unrivalled love for Margaret ImH been h.s pols 

star. It was quenched, and he drifted on the gloomy sea ol 

""Nor'^as he a prey to desp^r alone, but to e^speration .1 
.11 his self-deniai: fortitude, perils, virtue, wasted ""^ «°^ 
than wasted; for it kept burning and rt'-W-"? ''""• ™^ ^ 
he sUyed lazily, selfishly at home, he should have saved h,s 

'•Te::''tw'Visons, raging together m hi» y-g J.!-;; 
maddened and'^demondised him. He rushed fi"<^e'y J^ 
pleasure. And in those days, even more than now, fitmm 

"Wtot women, gambhng, whatever could P««"« J-'" '^ 

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eX'^ffi " "■'" ""' "' '"'^ •»''= """«' -<-« the 

Hi, heart deteriorated along with Sis morals. 

He sulked w,th his old landlady for thrusting gentle adviee 

wh K u J * "''''"■ °f remonstrance and reminiscence, 
IMS steady and he could no longer write to satisfy himself 
oi hr"'« 'l"""""" ''""'""^ "' ""^ '■abits of pleJu« ^w 

panions! ™me forht""'" ""'""" '"^ ""^ "I'-' "- com- 
shet ObUvt.""" '" ''■'" *''""^' -='■"■« '"at sor,y oyster- 
It is not my business to jwint at full length the scenes of 

B™t"t Tir:"^^ "■" ""'"'PPy y™"" "■«" "-- Xed a part 
But It „ my business to impress the broad truth, that he ™ 
a rake a debauchee, and a drunkani, and one of the wUd«T 
loosest, and wickedest young men in Rome. ' 

or sluTtJl^rjT'' °''/™l"'' '"" °f n>«nWnd, who conceal 
or slur the wickedness of the good, and so by their want of 
candour rob despondent sinners of hope ^ 

tnough, the man was not bom to do thines bv halves An,1 
he was not vicious by halves. """gs By Halves. And 

old"lLdl"a;?vtldT'' ^V"^ °**™ «"'''P«'' »•»"' l-™- His 

her t^ti-v ^5 i if'*..''* T «"'"« '" 'h* l^d. ""d prayed 
ner to try and find out where he was. F'-y>:" 

him S '"'"^ ""^""'band LodoWeo his sad story, and bade 

I^Shouldst remember his face Ixnlovico mio >" 
ofaluT"' ",T".'" o'' *">' "f '""^ ""='" foi-gets « face, least 
S.;iight •■" '• ""' "'°" ''™*^^' ' ^'I'i™ «» abroad by 

Teresa sighed. 

"~."f h"* '""S is it to be so, IxHlovico?" 
111! some cavalier passes his swoid through me. Thev will 
"ot let a poor fellow like me take to any honest tZie." ^ 

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Having been ignomininuftly ejected for late hours by their 
old landlady, .ind meeting Geranl in the street, he greeted him 
warmly, aiul soon after took up his quarters in the same house. 

He brought Mrith him a lad called Andrea, who ground his 
colours, and was his pupil, and alfio his model, being a youth of 
rare beauty, and as oharp as a needle. 

Pietro had not quite forgotten old times, and professed a warm 
friendship for Gerard. 

Gerard, in whom all warmth of sentiment seemed extinct, 
submitted coldly to the other's friendship. 

And a fine acquaintance it was. This Pietro was not only a 
libertine, but half a misanthrope, and on open infidel. 

And so they ran in couples with mighty little in common. 
Oh, rare phenomenon ! 

One day, when Gerard had undermined his health, and taken 
the bloom off his beauty, and run through most of his money, 
Vanucci got up a gay party to mount the Tiber in a boat drawn 
by buffaloes. Lorenzo de' Medici had imported these creatures 
into Florence about three years before. But they were new in 
Rome, and nothing would content this beggar on horseback, 
Vanucci, but being drawn by the brutes up the Tiber, 

Each lil>ertine was to bring a lady ; and she must be hand- 
some, or he be fined. But the one that should contribute tht- 
loveliest was to be crowned with laurel, and voted a public 
benefactor. Such was their reading of "Vir bonus est quis? ' 
They got a splendid galley, and twelve buffaloes. And all the 
libertines and their female accomplices assembled by degrees at 
the place of embarkation. But no Gerard. 

They waited for him som'' time, at first patiently, then im- 
patiently. Vanucci excused him. 

" I heard him say he had forgotten to provide himself with 
a fardingale. Gimrades, the good lad is hunting for a beauty fit 
to take rank among these peerless dames. Consider the difficulty, 
ladies, and be patient ! " 

At last Gerard was seen at some distance with a female in his 
hand. 

"She is long enough," said one of her sex, criticising her 
from afar. 

" Gemini ! what steps she takes," said another. " Oh ! it 
is wise to hurry into good company," was Pietro's excuse. 

But when the pair came up, satire was choked. 

Gerard's companion was a peerless beauty ; she extinguished 
the boat-load, as stars the rising sun. Tall, but not too tall; 
and straight as a dart, yet supple as a young panther. Her 
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ft«» perfect ovj, her forehe«l white, her cheeks a rich olive 
with the eloquent blood nuntling below; and her X^I! 
eye, fnn^ed with lo„(f thick silken eyel"h« thlt «e",ed ,3^ 
to .weep up sensitive heart, by the half do.cn. Sa"cy red "^ 
and teeth of the » hitest ivory. ' l^ 

the^nJ'Jr?^ 7"' "1'''^ depressed by this wretched sight; 
the men in ecstasies; they received her with loud shouts and 

B^t hl.'^r^*' ^" Kunwalc.and hdled her of ori^n Tvine 
But his cA«-, a^,, pulling h,, hair for it-and th" B«id™ 
jpvmg h,m . little kick-^t«np„n.neously, he lay .upin^ and 
ht '^wT "-/"« ft-k.d over his bily without'^deii,!"* 
hira a look, and took her seat at the nrow Pirtm V^.!^S 

lull * ""*>"/ "'"r*' «"""« »' •>" "«i K^^"K w^th-h 
mouth open hke a dying cod-(i»h. The drover sp5.e to the 
bulfaloes, the ropes tightened, «,d they moved up IC^ 

"„ w"""' *.'■'"'' ^^ "' "*'' """' "^"f' mesdames > " 
n.,*„ h "^ '!■.'!* monsters so vilely ill-favoured; with their 

nt«r;.riri'"'r ?,"''''"'' ■"'' "•'" f^' "^triis^s 

up into the air. Holes be they; not nostrils." 

Signonna, the beeves are a present from Florence the 
beautiful. Would ye look a gift beef i' the nose > " 

rhey are so dull," objected a lively lady. •• I went un 

^'lrL*:'?H"f ■""' '■"' """'*".'■ ■"" five niule^s and LZ" ^ 
way, tnat is soon mended, cried a ir>il1»n» »„-i • 

asho,. he drew his swoixl, and des^tf the*«mo"Lrle's"ofThf 
dnvcrs, went down the do.cn buiral.«s g„«iing ther 

They snorted and whisked their tails, and went no faster 
•t which the boat-load laughed loud and loTg; finallf he 
(!0«led a patriarch bull, who turncl insUntly on the sworf 
sem his long horns clean though the spark, aL with a fiinous 
erk of his prodigious neck sent him flying over his head into 
he ai. He described a bold parabola and fell sittiW and 
uncon.sciously waving his glittering bWe, into the yellow Titer 

ueraras tair. She uttered something verv like an oath and 
seizing the helm steered the boat out, and the «lC came 
up^put enng, griped the gunwale, and 'was diawn S^X^T" 
»id hf Tli.Tr'' ''■".confusedly. "1 understand not'^^hat" 
SMI He, a little peevishly; puwled, and therefore it w,„.M 
seen,, discontented. At Jhich, finding he was by «me stZie 

wf t crbe™"tot "h""'"' T'"* ^'f-ted.'inTad oTh*^^ 
ooav^ney began to laugh agam louder than ever. 

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desire to know how 'tin that one moment a gentleman w out 
yonder a pricking of African beef, and the neit moment " 

Uerard's lady. " Ulaporting in his native stream." 

"Tell him not, a soul of ye," cried VaiiuccL "Let him find 
out's own riddle." 

"Confound ye all. I might puule my brains till doomsday, 
I should ne'er find it out. Also, where is my sword ? " 

Gerard's ladif. "Ask Tiber! Your best way, signor, will be 
to do it over again ; and, in a word, keep pricking of Afric's 
beef, till your mind receives light. So shall yuu comprehend 
the matter by degrees, as lawyers mount heaven, and buflaloes 
Tiber." 

Here a chevalier remarked that the last speaker transcended 
the sons of Adam as much in wit as she did the daughters of 
Eve in beauty. 

At whicli, and indeed at all their compliments, the conduct 
of Pietro Vanucci wa>i |>eculiar. That signor had left off staring, 
and gaping bewildered ; and now sat coiled up snake-like, on a 
bench, his mouth muffled, and two bright eyes fixed on the 
lady, and twinkling and scintillating most comically. 

He did not appear to interest or amuse her in return. Her 
glorious eyes and eye-lashes swept him calmly at times, but 
scarce distinguished him from the benches and things. 

Presently the unanimity of the party suffered a momentar)' 
check. 

Mortified by the attention the cavaliers paid to Gerard's 
companion, the ladies began to pick her to pieces toito ivce, 
and audibly. 

The lovely girl then showed that, if rich in beauty, she vas 
poor in feminine tact. Instead of revenging herself like a 
tru<; woman through the men, she permitted herself to over- 
hear, and openly retaliate on her detractors. 

"'There is not one of you that wears Nature's colours," said 
she. " Look here," and she pointed ruf*j)y in one's face. 
"This is the beauty that is to be bought in everj- shop. Here 
is cerussa, here is stibium, and here purpurissum. Oh, I know 
the articles ! bless you I use them everj' day — but not on my 
face, no thank you." 

Here Vatiucci's eyes twinkled themselves nearly out of 
sight. 

*■ Why, your lips are coloured, and the very veins in your 
forehead : not a charm but would come off" with a wet towel. 
And look at your great coarse black huir like a horse's tail, 
drugged ami stained to IfMik like tow. And then your bodies 
are as false as your heads and your cheeks, and your hearts, I 
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atglwt.. Aha,ineiidiiines,welllsli5,|dofvou .,r!.„^ jfi"^, 
Tim drew out a rejoinder. micuih. 

like . fi«-shoveI.'' ' ^ "•"■* ■ ^^ ^^' y"" "« shaped 

" Ye lie, malapert" 

" Hold thy |>eace, Marcia," said nrrani '«w»lr...~) k. .k • . 
trebesf^m.gloo „^.. " Be™ t « taS 'Vh' "''"' 

,h. lclo,e over thy iau.y a. it hath ove^Cthan th« ^'" 
TJ'y ^g«n. "id Marcia petulantly. ' 

Ihen be thou the first to leave olT." 

th,lT^ ^* "" ''"••'j' ' '"■' »'■«''' '"» h"'!- But touched bv 

q= rttr-SoJ;!;: io^ -"'' '-»"--' - 

en^^lli' rrL'tan^'i^thmi^'-t fhT^v^T ^ 

,r>S h^ - ^-'- -" ««»>ntr;„itXa^-2: 

It was the Princess 



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.IththT^et'' ' '•'"'^■" "'" ^'"■'"' ""«''- "<" '«■ f«e 

"Why, she heanl me not. Oh .Ser OrraiYl .„i. . i i 
ireaturel" i-erara, what a lovely 

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One of them now uldrewed her. 

" SignorifiA, do you love almondi ? " 

The speaker haul a Upful of them. 

" Vcs, I love them ; when I can get them/' uid Marcia 
pettishly, and eyeing the fruit with ill-concealed deiire; "but 
yours is not the hand to give me nny, 1 trow." 

" You are much mistook," said the other. " Here, catch ! " 

And suddenly threw a double handful into Marcia'i lap. 

Marcia brought her knees together by an irresistible irutinct. 

" Aha ! you are caught, my lad," cried she of the nuti. 
" 'Tin a man ; or a Iniy. A woman still parteth her knees to 
catch the nuts the sorer in her apron ; but a man closeth his 
fur fear they ahutild fall between his hose. Confess now, didst 
never wear fardingale ere to-day ? " 

"(live me another liandful, sweetheart, and I'll tell thee." 

" There ! I said he was too handsome for a woman." 

" Ser Gerard, they have found me out," observed the 
Kpictene, calmly cracking an almond. 

The libertines vowed it was impossible, and alt glared at 
the goddess like a battery. But Vanucci struck in, and re- 
minded the gaping gaxers of a recent controversy, in whicli 
they had, with an unanimity not often found among duuces, 
laughed Gerard and hira to scorn, for saying that men were as 
beautiful as women in a true artist's eye. 

"Where are ye now? This is my boy Andrea. And you 
have all been down on your knees to him. Ha ! ha ! But oli, 
my little ladies, when he lectured you and flung your stibium, 
your cerussa, and your purpurissum back in your faces, 'tis then 
I was like to burst ; a grinds my colours. Ha ! ha [ he ! he ! 
he ! ho ! " 

" The little impostor ! Duck him ! " 

"What for, signors ? " cried Andrea, in dismay, and lost 
his rich carnation. 

But the females collected round him, and vowed nobody 
should harm a hair of his head. 

" The dear child ! How well his pretty little saucy ways 
become him," 

"Oh, what eyes and teeth ! " 

" And what eyebrows and hair I " 

" And what lashes ! " 

" And what a nose ! *' 

"The sweetest little ear in the world !" 

" And what health ! Touch but his cheek with a pin the 
blood should squirt." 

" Who would be so cruel P " 

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. I .'." " '™*'""1 W«»I>«1 iu dew •• 

^•^ " ^Jni^ncir^s™.^:';-,,^- — or 

"o l"n«°To?th7„7" ''''° "" """ •"«"« "•,« Imlterflie,, l.„t 
n« »i«ht of the I'rinces, aeli. I,„| ,„„ 
iw-™ Ihne month. Mo he h™! ,. T T": '"' *''"'"'• 

fioj much lower'hj'he fl',' r;:!'"""'" = ■"" « '-t refineS 

'"fp£^B£!B?^^-- " 

«"d must be fac.,1 .ui^r: f ^. ""; "'"i''''','- '•"'• ■'■>»i'.», 
»t™«ch and spirit, HrtifinallyXn™, ,''"'*■' '"'"'• " •'-""lered 

(■erar.l s conduct had bcci, "V "^ "."'■ 
r» survive hi, terrible Now ,'," / 'eSell' Idrh""^ "'^"^ ■"»■"«"•• 
^'» health, his habits of labour ^d.h ^^'V ''!» virtue, 
'"■?"' »,«"fi'c; above all. |,i*^2""' ""■ <»'"' "'ee,. that i.' 

t™s.::,"t'j^';^roTLLr"''^'' ""'«" >■« „„„, ,„,. ,,j 
e^ w^ ^rL^^^/ Sit ^t-^ti^dir 17 -" '-^ " 

"pon It rending it. '"" "'"'' '"""re Remorse «it 

Broken health; means wa«t,,l • • 

The hot fit of despair passed. ^.y """' "" «""'' 
ThecoIdfit„fdes,«irT.m,.on ^' 
At'J:^"'^' y-"^ '■"■' »P"n.«i his gay companions 

^fextime^t%tirr T '" --f> "^"•■ 

•-wked than the/ ^ ' *"'=-'««'"" ».uong their ruins, worse 

He ..ndered alone at .d£*l!; ' X^T .'^^td ej 

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thrm, »ml ivf J then., with J«!Tr«»ing repuKluiicr. Tlierr 
glldfU pf«« ; perhnpi •nnlhlUMon. 
Whjit el« w»» left him f 

ThtM dark upell. have been broken bjr kind wonh, by lortng 
uh) oheerful voices. , 

The humble.t friend the aBlcted one ?«««•, ""^ "I**:, 
or look, or ,mlle, . .un-beam between him ««! th.t worvl 
mailnciii Ocrard now biwaled. , , , , , i _ji..i„ > 

Where wa. Tcrr« > Where hi. hewtv, kind old landl^y ' 

They would iee with their homely but iwift Intelligence . 
they wouW «ee and lave. . 

No ; they knew not where he waa, or whither he w». 

"'a'".? is there no mortal eye upon the poor wretch, and the 
(lark roBtl he is ttn^na f 

Yerone eye there is upon him: watching his every raov.^ 
ment ; following him abroad ; tracking him home. 

And that eye is the eye of an enemy. 

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CHAPTER LXVI 

In an apartment richly furnished, the floor covered with striped 
Ind spotted skin, of Jiimal., a lady »t with her «n»,"'7J^«', 
beforTher, and her hands half clenched. The agiUtion of hr, 
face corresponde.1 with this attitude ; she was pale and red 
by turns ; and her foot restless. 

■■resently the curUin was drawn by a domestic. 
The lady's brow flushed. 
The maid said, in an awe-struck whisper— 
" Alte7.ia, the man is here. " 

The lady bade her admit him, and snatched up a little btacl 
mask and put it on ; and in a moment her colour was Rone snJ 
the contrMt between her black mask and her marble cheek> 
was strange and fearful. ^ 

A m«. entered bowing and scraping. was '""t" "K"^ 
„ crowd, seem made of; short hair roundish head, plain, M 
decent clothe, : features neither comely nor fnrbiddmg. Notbin,; 
to rco»rk in him but a singularly r«tle,s eye. 

After a profusion of bows he stood opposite the lady, s»l 

awaited her pleasure. 

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y«.r«.|( «Uh the lr«J^" '*""°'"'"- you choo« to o..„t, ,„ 
" Ah"^rr',""'','"" "'"•" «'•' "« '"-ly 

the d?.ir::f 'ih^'Ur.:;-; "ui i'*-' «»"""■ '-'. . '. 

«churoh; or Uke him . ..> i,.^ "*«'•' ""■• "»n • out „f 

i;i.n. .„ ,h. K«,t„v ,reu:rw ,ch"hV;n""' ;'■"-;*'"■ 
™n!^.oM,-'„L's::'i,»jr.:^;'1-L!" r'""- "■« "■^- 

Ihwe?" ' '"■•'wiF. Jroin whom shall I leani 

"From myarlf." 

At this the inal). with th« ft»4 
ihown, entreated her to hir.,,? "^"'P}'^'' "f "xiety he h«] 
of the bu,i„e.r ^ """™'' ""• frt""!". In thi. p^ 

" Fear me not," said »he " I i«t.n in 
of "Uture, and auburn hair and dirk .,1,! ''"""? """' '^' 

l«ce, would deceive a Jm H. l, ? I '^^T'' '""' "" •'"""t 
comer house; the gCrV In ,h%' V" ^'"u^'"«"'' »« ">• 
three males: he; a,Tl\,utV^^J^^ """' '«"?« l*' 
>i«««l, and a ,ou ,« slim iT Hr'th".? h .h'^'."" '"^ ''"* 
't™*". fair, /„d tallerThrthou Irt ■• •"" ^"""^ "" " ' 

he bravo listened with all his ears' 

It IS enouffh." said he " «*-. " ■ 

--t p,«. wh*e4 1 „iXi wilj^i:;^"™ = '"''""*'■ "' «y 

love, who calls ra" her riv.'l '"'"''"'"1 '° '?«t hi, light o' 
my rival come ^^d find h,m Z" *"7^ t^' '"™ ' '"'' '" 
traitor." """• '"« smooth, heartless, insolent 

"flnt'i^te- S::'^X'^ nomore Udies." 
i' young «Hl r«„lute." *""•"■• ^""1. "d can use it. He 
" Neither will avail him." 

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"We strike with such force we need must guard our hand. 
This is our mallet. " 

He then undid his doublet, and gave her a glimpse o» a coat 
of mail Ijeneath, and finally laid his glittering stiletto on the 
table with a flourish. 

The lady shuddered at first, but presently took it up m her 
white hand and tried its point against her finger. 

" Beware, madam," said the bravo. 

" What, is it poisoned .' " 

"Saints forbid! We steal no lives. We Uke them with 
steel point, not drugs. But 'tis newly ground, and I feared 
for the signora's white skin." 

" His skin is as white as mine," said she, with a sudden gleam 
of pity. It lasteil but a moment. " But his heart is black «> 
saot. Say, do I not well to remove a traitor that sUnder^ 

"The signora will settle that with her confessor. I am but 
a tool in noble hands ; like ray stiletto." 

The princess appeared not to hear the speaker. 
" Oh, how 1 could have loved him ; to the death ; as now i 
hate him. Fool! he will learn to trifle with princes; to spiini 
them and fawn on them, and prefer the scum of the town tc. 
them, and make them a by-woid." She li i up. " VMiy 
loilerst thou here ? haste thee, revenge me." 

" It is customary to jwy half the price beforehand, signora 
"Ah, I forgot i'tliy revenge is bought. Here is more than 
half," and she pushed a bag across the table to him. " When 
the blow is struck, come for the rest." 
" You will soon see me again, signora." 
And he retireil bowing and scraping. 

The princess, burning with jealousy, mortified pride, anil 
dread of exposure (lor till she knew GcranI no public stain 
had fallen on herl, sat where he left her, masked, with I. ' 
arms straight out before her, and the nails of her clenched baud 
nipping the table. 

So sat the fiililed sphynx : so sits a tigress. 
Yet there crept a chill upon her now that the assassin was 
gone. And moody misgivings heaved within her, preiursnr- 
of vain remonic. (Icrard and Margaret \v>ro bcli>re their aff 
Tliix was your true ineiliieval. Proud, amorous, vinilict". 
generous, foolish, cunning, impulsive, unprincipled ; and ignoranl 
as dirt. 

Power is the curse of such a creature. 

Forced to do her own crimes, the weakness of her iirw- 
woult' have balanced the violence of her passions, and m' 
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l"ark l)een worec than her bite R„t ^ 

funous woman, „ale inrt^^J'X- An .^ ^ '^"^ " ''"''■e. 

as the combination is unimtuS. "*"' " " ""iW" 

In this instance ii; whettnl .« • . . 

forlorn ^tch ju.t n^J^S^^,;^^';^ ' <^e» for a poor 



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CHAPTER LXVII. 

i2;Ce^'t^'t g:™'T.:^:^„''! -'"^ l '"•- -'-oured to 
"ireet. i„ Rome, «.» nvS'en bv i7h"* V"* °'' ""^ ■»=«""' 
« low hostelry. He called for w "'""''er't"™, and entered 
-on drank Smaelf into a half ?'■ 7'' "'I ™" ""tii-mg, 

«ithhi,he.do„hi,hrd/.„dhi»S ""''"1""' •"•' "«"' 
In course of time the ,^1 "<"" *'"' '•''le. 

the rude guests to^akel»r *"" "^ "" ""'' ""^ -<"« of 

con?e;"4 in" W ^oST' ~""'""' "^ '*" ««'-» -ar him 

m-Sesl m^ht Cc°Z Jt """7 "^ '"•' "'"'• =■-=» Out 
way he had^slouched*^, hat .veVhr."' '™'^»"'»" ^ but the 
h« face except hi, bZl showed h ""' "" '" '" ^ide all 

»hun the eye of honest m,„3„,''?HT ""^.-f ""«'= "^o 
Hnving a bargain in the "rmrrket An.^hv ''" ^" "«■* 
no uncommon at that date, the crime ^.^V" .''™'K"»™' 
HeTTh^'r^K^:; ".e'cettX:„tc^ '"«""=" ™ ^«=' 

i»lns°u*'jrd''"'«,''f"thr """'•'"•^'^ "' '"« p"« 

felW. sh^l be shutt,. JVtl IZC^.. '>"^''" we ^ 
.«^Tp'to::^1„r;LT. A ■'-'-nee. we. 

•' Wh^ u""""^' " '^'''° »'««= 'hcv ? • 
B"t if yl'u'wm It 'Z;*: ""*"'' ""*. "'^"•"''' --•-'"-■ 
I'm hath set hislac" S^ZThuJ" ""' ^i^'' ""' * -^"'"^ "<e 

Then, to prove thit ^h f •™"'^''"^' ""' ""^ ' ' 

'he mean, o"? „„^ I u t ,h" ::;' ""1 T "'■ """'i'" ""^ "'""" 
™le from « written parThmeM '^'"'>' '"' "''«' -"' "■= 

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that murder of « layman was much cheajier than many crimes 
my lay readers would deem light by comparison. 

This told; and by a little triflinK concession on each side, 
the bargain was closed, the money handed over, and the 
aspirant to heaven s favour forgiven beforehand for removing one 
layman. The price for disposing of a clerk bore no proportion. 

Tlie word as-sassination was never once uttered by eithfr 

merchant. „ , ,.& i i.-" 

All this buMed in Gerard's ear. But he never lifted his 
head from the table ; only listened stupidly. 

However, when the parties rose and sepi.rated. he hall raised his 
head, and eyed with a scowl the retiring figure of the purchaser. 

" If Margaret was alive," muttered he, " I d Uke thee by 
the throat and throttle thee, thou i-owanlly stabber. But she 
is dead ! dead ! dead ! Die all the world ; 'tis nought to me ; so 
that 1 die among the first. ' i, i u , 

When he got home there was a man with a sloueheil hat 
walking briskly to and fi« on the opposite side of the way. 

" Whv there is that cur again." thought Gemnl. 

But in this state of mind the circumstance made no impres- 
sion whatever on lura. 



CHAPTER LXVIH 
Two nights ailer this Pietro \ aiiucci and Andrea sat waitiiij 
supper for Gerard. » . i , 

The former grew peevish. It was past nine n cl.K-k. At l.i.s 
he sent Andrea to Gerard's room on the desperate chance «< 
his having come in unobser^■ed. Andrea shrugged his shouUlrr^ 
and went. , ,. ,. 

He returned without Gerard, but with a slip ot paprr 
Andrea could not read, as scholars in his day and charitv \yj. 
in ours understand the art ; but he had a <|uiok eye, and ha,l 
learned how the words Pietro Vanucci looked on (wper 

"That is for you, I trow," said he. proud ot Ins mtelligemr 

Pietro snatched it, and rea<l it to Andrea, with his satinai 
comments. 

•■ ' Dear Pietro, dear Andrea, life is too great a burden." 
■■.So ■(«, mv hid: hut llial i< mi reason for btmg iihnmt «' 
lupprr-lme. Smjiper is ml a hinlm." 
"'Wear mv habits.' 
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"""'ly, ,<iirfrra?" 

that it WM bon. oh L u ""f '*"''• "•>, ,u>h.ppv ,Uy 

«lieu ! • °''' '"PPJ' '■'«!;' 'hat rid. me of it. Xieu^ 

The broken-he«rted Gerard.' 

B«t"hrpS/S S 'It '"*=""■ ">«-■■■ -" P-tro. 

al«™in« ^llTj S::fe W r„ ItoT 'l'" ' '■'" "''''' 
■niploringall™,lChri5t>Hnsh?L " u ""^ ""''■'^'' '""-^headed, 

..owrtoTh'eti;^^ r' Tw^-Trh '"r ^""•'^"'-- «- 

of the river .> It w.3 a wild ;:rrh^''" '""""^^ ^^•■«' P«" 

.-rfourof the j„„n„eronS ' "'"' """ '""'«i three 

The little band took the way t.. the river 
The l«;key questioned Andrea, 

A'TaVstf u'l:; '"' "■ »'-•" "■= '^■"", and C..„„„ 

TheL'T!'''i*'^ T ' "y "•' *<• Princess riali,, 

/u\Thi'^„terfh";%:rr:h'r,'ir"l!,'^7h-'-™' '"' ^'^'- 

»f the stream i„ the calm n^ tr.™ the river, and the .sraell 

The ra«,n L„e »lm Id",""-''"' "■"' """^ '''•"'I ^i'-™ 

f«t «,„nded loXd^,n^, '''^?he;; t" ''""•"^" ^''y- ''"^'' 
Presentiv h.irryinir nmnT '?"*^"" ""^""^ '"ished. 

>'"PM.r.«o.r7,i;ht:;t"h;r''" '"^■^' ■"■=' » ""•"■ "^ 

drenched with water. P "■">' '^"' ^is clothes were 

<'™';I)'rw'^;'„l7;;J ™= °''"" •'■"■"'« ■""■• "nac-inainted with 
Ihe stranger tun,«i ,™t.ntl, and Hcl 

P™:S :i^'.:::,"'"' ™- ^""- '-'."«. -d the 

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ArntrtM SBiiiiil .111 ium : Imt i» -i i>ioni<?iit lie twi«t«l up ii 
imrriiw «liey. Aiidruu <li..l !•>. iiiwbl*- to clicck him><-lf; «n<l 
till- iiurMere som l"u<»l themselvi» in h laliyrinth in which it 
WHS vwii t,. iiursiM- n iiiMikfootetl fu)rtivi- who knew every inch 
of it, unit r^niUl now anW lie followed by the ear. 

Thtv rftiirneil to littir eompiinions, and round them utandinj! 
on the snnl where Oe nuui had sto<Kl. and utterly contounded. 
For I'letro liad i»Min-il them that the fugitive had neither the 
features nor the Hteture of (ieranl. 

"Are ve verilv sure? said they. "He had been in thi 
liver. Why, in the saints names, fleil he at our approach ? 
Then said Vaiaicei 

" Iriends, methinks this lias nought to do with him we seek 
What shall we do. Andrea? ' 

Here the laeke\- |iiit in his wonl. 

■ I.el us track liiiii tr, the waters side, to make sure. See, 
he ilatll come dnppinu iUI the way. ■ , ,^ , ,, 

This ailvice was approved, and with very little dithrulty thcj 
tmcked the man s eourse. 

Hill siKin thev em!<«intereil a new enijniia. 
I'hev had .'one iamx\v «tv vanis ere the drops tnnied awa> 
nun the river, imi took tti^ to the gate of a large glo<.my 
imilding. It wis a nnnaMery ,_ . , . 

They stood irrewiiute twtnre it, and gazed at the dark pile. 
It seeiiicil til them to hide s4inie horrible mystery. 
Hut present)^ Andrea save a shout 
■' Here tie the drofis again, cried he 
to the river , .u j 

Thev resumed the cna«e ; and soon it became clear the riro|i- 
were now ieaiimc them hoi-e. The Irack became wetter aral 
wetter, and to.* ttieni to the Tihers edge And there .m In 
Viank .1 liiicketful appearetl to have been discharged troiii lli' 
stream. , , 

At timt thev shouted, luid thought they had made ;i .1; 
ciiverv; Imt retiertion showetl tlitin it amounted to nolliim: 
Cirtainlv ii man hiul Imen m the water, and h.ul got out of il n 
safetv . liii' tli.it man was not (Jerard. One said he kiie» 
fisherman lianl iiv that lia<l nets and drags. They fminii ' i' 
Hshe' an.', paid Ilim librmllv to sink .lels in the riv.r l)eln» tl« 
■f .Old t,, liraK .1 .dai*. anil bel..n ; .iiid promised hnn cnli. 
should he tmd -he Imdv Then th. y ran vainly up ind 'l""' 
the river, whi.'h Hmveri si. .-aim luid loiccless. h.'ldinrr thi- ami ' 
thousand more strange seerels. Suddenly Andrea, with .1 .',. 
of hope, ran tiaek tB the timise. 

He returned in leak utma hali-ai'-hour. 



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What ,s U,r hour?" Hsked the lackev 
fimr hours |wst midiiiKhl '■ 

.H;teJ"'i:rr'>:t^;:-t-^t:^-"'-- 
.-.twTrhi.ntt.^r' "■" "^'" ^^- ■•^•«'- -' 

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CHAPTER I.XIX 

the river's, Iwnk, "^ nandi'mtinj; on 

that he .n^ht ,i"k thf^.r^" T *'"' "'l'''^'' •>« P"««»<<1^ 

.»-;fthel^r^„fLZS^-:;;t:,i;^'t;,.!^^^^ '-• - 

..."Ib!:;?;''^'"'"'^ """" '-"''"• "'•""■' "■'" "• -"l- -- there 
,[«;:;. ""■ ^"'"^ """^^ '■""■^««' '"-"■ •' «d.- ^trcet and loitered 

'.-''i^Xhr,;:^:;'"'^;;:^;;;:.^^^™'^ "•■.,.„ her. 

H^";;:;;'..::::';:^^ "-' «^'--— -<.- 

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Gerard saw he was watched, and at this moment observed iii 
the moonlight a steel gauntlet in his sentinel's hand. 

Then he knew it was an assassin. 

Strange to say, it never occurred to him that hi» lite was 
aimed at. To be sure he was not aware he had an enemy in 
the world. 

He turned and walkii'i up to the bravo. 

" My good friend," i,aid he eagerly, "sell me thine arm ! a 
single stroke ! See, here is all I have ; " and he forced hi^ 
money into the bravo's hands. " Oh, prithee ! prithee ! do 
one good deed, and rid me of ray hateful life ! " and even while 
speaking he undid his doublet and lured his bosom. 

The man stared in his face. 

"Wliy do ye hesitate?" shrieked Gerard. "Have ye no 
Inwels ? Is it so much pains to lift your arm and fall it .' Is it 
because 1 am poor and can't give ye gold ? Useless wretch, 
canst only strike a man behind ; not took one in the face. 
There, then, do but turn thy head and hold thy tongue ! " 

And with a snarl of contempt he ran from him, and fluii); 
himself into the water. 

** Margaret ! " 

At the heavy plunge of his body in the stream the bravo 
seemed to recover from a stupor. He ran to the bank, and 
with a strange cry the assassin plunged in after the self- 
destroyer. 

What followed will be related by the assaaain. 



CHAPTER I.XX 

A wrmAS has her own troubles, as a man has his. 

And we male writers seldom do more than indicate the gndf 
of the other sex. The intelligence of the female reader must 
cose to our aid, and till up our cohl outlines. So have 1 indi- 
cated, rather than <lcscribe(l, what Margaret Brandt wait 
through up to that eventful day, when she entered F.li 
house an enemy, reail her sweetheart's letter, and remained s 
friend. 

And now a woman s greatest trial drew near, and (.erarfl 
far away. 

She availed herself but little of Eli's sudden favour ; for tlii> 
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antipathy .,„, .,r..,?d "sh^^Z eLt J T*' "'"\"'«"»"tiv- 

Hnd da «, cluT hey t'TtnT,^' T """ '" f"" «»"'«. 
this spirit ,he en re.t^ K^", ?7"'P'y ''•" P™>- '' «»« in 
he Jut l«ck t„ T^?k™, '" ''' *■" ''"> '" "<>"<--«l™, while 

.hi;j'sr„r;i;?h!:r;'' wU ::'','""""•".• "«" ■'■«- -y- 

th.t sort »■ ™tte should hf.?, " '"""' " '°'''''^" ' ^hy, 
^ueh^atime" ''""™ "'" " ''«"» U>e first, at 

^a5~---'-"^n^^t^ 

««.k ^ water hut tfe 'Th "Tm"' r'"" "' """''•='' '''e lay 
.l.e heaven of .^t^L^VnlnVonhe:/""^ "^ *■" ^"'^' *"^ 

•■Heir h7;'';o™?fj?'^' ■^" "'" -'"™ ■' ■■ 

.™M'odii'ten'':s":i,'';^h"' "; ''^" -™"'- «"- 

and do but l«th,„k thceTmi^h h "u" " " " """"«" '»"' = 
'erv own Kat. thre,?" l^'^f^t '"""' '*'^" " K"-l J dirfnt my 

!« pn-ised H,rt." "* "^ " "*« ''^»'.v one, the saint, 

>f;;:i;Grr:'r,r;U'";,e'r.:!:7ft'""T't' ^^^ '--«'•■ 

»el: enow t„ he awav fV™. -J!^ ""■""*"' ■ ' *"" '•'m 

-m .. ha„, h:zJnrzri,:Tr'^":."'' " •'"'" 

"'"«■ to me, (.eranl ' dew- dear r ' i i'- """••■ i*"""'''' 

« her feeble ««; "e". deir (.emrd ; .\,hI d» rtretehed 

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Catherine bustleil aliout, but avoided M.r({»reft eyes; for 
the could not rertrain her own team at hearing her own absent 
child thus earnestly addremed. 

FreMntly turning round, she found Margaret looking at Her 
with a aingulnr ixpremion. 

" Heard yiiu nought ? " 

" No, my lamii Wlwt ? " 

"1 did cry on i.. i»rd, but now." 

"Ay, ay, surt * iteard that." 

"Well, he .v ;«ered me." 

"Tn»h, girl, ay not that" .... j 

"Mother, a. .ure a. 1 lie here, with his Iwy by my tide, 
his voice came back to me, • Margaret ! ' So. Yet raethought 
•twas not his happi, voioc. But that might be the distance. 
All voices go off sad like at a distance. Why art not happy, 
sweetheart ? and I so happy this night ? Mother, I seem never 
to have frit a pain or known a care." And her sweet eyes 
turned and gloateil on the little face in silence. 

That very night Gerard flung hinuielf into the Tiber. And 
that very hour she heard him speak her name, he cned aloud 
in death's jaws and despair's — 

" Margaret ! " 

Account for it those who can. 1 cannot. 



CHAPTER LXXI 

In the guest chamber of n Dominican rorivent lay a singlf 
stranger, exhausted by successive and violent fits of nausia. 
which had at last subsided, leaving him almost as weak - 
Margaret lay that night in Holland. ,,.,.. u 

A huge wood fire burned on the hearth, and beside it hui.s 
the patient's clothes. 

A gigantic friar sat by his bedside, reading pious cull.-' 
aloud from his breviary. . . i . 

The (wtient at times eyed him, and seemed to listiu : ■■ 
others closed his eyes and moaned. 

The monk kneeled down with his face touching the iiT,.»^ 
and prayed for him : then rose and l«de him farewell. "Dai 
breaks," said he ; "I must prepare for matins. , 

"(Jood Father .lerome, before you go, how came 1 h'' '" 

" Bv the hand of Heaven. You flung away Ood s gilt w 
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bMtowed it on you »gmm. Think on it ! Hwt tried lh» wnrM 

;^"t:':j;^;,j'- "^ "» ^''-•' ^^^^^^^ 
tia"{er.„T;r»ri^'rfcte.''do.:''''''"« -"' -■"-"* 
Hi:";ii lTt;.r w^rn^t;. T.^rjr^^r^ 

Fnar Jerome's w.s calm and majestic. ~ " 

Ihe man inquirol earnestly liow he felt 

mes^rr- '"^ """*■ ''■''^" •»'« ' «" y" '«&'« 

»i."l,^""'M''',r'°™ '"' "■ «:'""'tl<^t ? •■ inquired the other 
w,th eonsidemble anxiety; "I was fa,„ t„ Lke you with" 
or both you and I should be at the bottom of Tiber ' ' 

llowP "^"^ "' *""'• ""■'»'' ■'«" yo" "ved mef 
" Well, signor, I wa, by the banks of Tiber on-on-an 
errand no matter what. {„u eame to me and b^LeS h.^ 

werd'':h;rd"A.'th'e":L^"" "" ""= ^'«»- '"•'-<=" "y 

" It u 1 ereaas husbaml. And an assassin ? " 

" At your service. Well, .Ser (ierani, the next thimr wa. 
jou flung you«elf into Tiber, and bade m^ hol.i ISoof ''^ ' 

"i remember that. " 

" Had it l>een any but you, believe me 1 had obeyed vou 
ami not wagged a finger. .Men are n.y foes. 'iC'^mav J^i 
hang on one rope, or dn.wn in one river for me LTwh^n 
thou, smkmg in Tiber, didst cry • Margaret ■ • 

" Ah I " " ■ 

" My heart it crieil ■ Teresa ' ' How nn.l.l I ~, i . 

iro' "" '". I't'""/ ■'^" ' ''^'"ee"';: a:::^^'by'.h': :rd«:?^ 

thou savedst her from? So in 1 went; .„i Iuckil7f„ „. 
both I sw,m bke a duck. You, seeing me near and beinJ 
^nt on destruction, tried to grip mc'^and Teid us toth* 

^^ft^yr.^lr's.d^-s^r^ri 

aw met ■ f ""'"f «''T. a l">ly friar, the biggest eer I 

Lani », hee"'" it"'' "'.^ "'f'": '^ ' *°''' "-in.. He looked 

"am at thee. I know the face,' quoth he • Tis one f ierar,! 

• .- youth from Holland.' • ThJ »me,' quo' l" Then "^J 

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hia rrvCTitnrr, ' He lialh fricmli amoiiK our brethtea L»«ve 
him with ua I Chnritv, it ia our oHife.' 

" Also hr tiilil me they of the «>nveiit hall lielter meani 
to tend thre thnii I hiul. Anil thut wu true enow. So I 
iuBt liarKaiiied to be let In to nee thee <''.ve a t\ny, and here 
thou art." 

Ami the miscreant ca«t a stranKC look of affection and 
interest u|ion (ieranl. 

C'leranl did not respond to it. He felt aa if « snake were 
in the room. He closetl his eyes. 

" Ah, thou wciuldat sleep, " «ai<l the miscreant eagerly. " I 
go." And he retired on tip-toe with a promise to lome 
every dav. 

(ierani Uy with his eyes closed : not aslee)!, but deeply 
ponderinfi;. 

Saved from death, l>y nn assassin ! 

Was not this thr finjyerof Heaven ? 

t)f that Heaven he had in»ulte<l, curs«l, and defied. 

He shuddered at his blasphemies. He tried to pniy. 

He found he could utter pravers. But hi- could not pniy. 

" 1 am doomed eternally," he crieil, "doonud, doomed." 

The organ of the convent church burst on his ear in rirh 
and solemn harmony. 

Then rose the voices of the choir chanting a full service. 

Among them was one that s»emed to hover aliove the 
others, and tower towarda heaven ; a sweet boy's voice, full, 
pure, angelic. 

He closed his eyes and listened. The days of his own 
Imyhood flowed back upon him in those sweet, pious liar- 
raonies. No earthly dross there, no foul, fierce jiossions, rend- 
ing and corrupting the soul. 

Peace, peace ; sweet, balmy peace. 

"Ay," he sighed, "the Church is peace of mind. Till I left 
her lK>som I ne'er knew sorrow, nor sin." 

And the poor 'om, worn creature wept. 

And even as he *ept, there l>eaiiieil on hiin the sweet and 
reverend fan cl one he had never thought to see again. 
It was the face of Father Ans<-lm. 

The goiKl father had only reached the convent the niclit 
before last. Gerard recognised him in a moment, and crinl 
to him — 

"Oh, Father Anselm, you cured my woundi-d body in 
Juliera: now cure my hurt soul in Home! Alas, yju cannot. 

Anselm sat down by the bedside, and putting a gentle hand 
on hla head, first calmeil hhn with a soothing word or two 
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Up Imth fritii'K anion); our brethren, 
t hanl". tt IS our f'rti'c. 
;, .,1 ..,'■ Ihcy of ill.- .■oiiK-nt liiul lifllct 
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AikI lh»- .n.s.Te«nl i-ast a strange l^"ili 

"';.erlr.l'"ii;!*'K™'tspou.I to it. He felt as if a make we,, 
m the room. He close<l hi.s eves. . ,u ■ 

. Ai, tt„... »o,ihlst .leer." -'"l 'h'- nuHereant eagerly, 
go." An.l he r. tired on t,|>-t..,. M>h a promise to eoe- 

"Cl-rfj^ lay ivilh h>» eye. chised : not asleep, hut dee,.: 
ponderiiu?. 

Sav.d from death, by an assas.sin , 

Was Mol thisthe (niuerofHeaien^ 

l)f that Heaven tie had m-ulted. cursed, and defierl. 

He shuddered at his bU.ph. mies. He tne.1 »" l"-'.v 

He found he .-ould .Her p.ayer,. Bui he could nntp™> . 

" 1 am d.K.,ned etemaay," he crie<l. ' do<an«i. d.Kimed, 

r he or,(an "f Ihe eonvenl church bur^t on ins ear m , 

^'%::nZ. t;;r::;Jes ..■ the eho,r cha,iti„. a fun service. 
An,o",R thcni lias one that stemed to hover above 
others, and tower towards heaven : a sweet bo, s voice, . 
pure, angelic. , ,. , 1 

He cloicd his eyes and listened 
boyhoo.1 Howed ha'ck a^ti^n him in 
monies. No earthly .!r"s.. n.. r. . nc h-> 
ioff and corTuptiTi)t Ih.- !"tl 

Peace (wacc: sweet, Mhnv I"" 
"Ah. lie alxheil, ' thi' Clnir.'li is peai 
her i«i«»n I 'le er knew sorrow, IH" sn.. 
Ind till- i«sw toni, oom creature «epi 
r.l een as he wept, th'is- tvanicd on linn the sMe-t 
reverend taec of one he had never thoueht to see w 
it was the face of Rithcr Ansel m » ,,, , 

IV koikI father had wily reached the c^onvent the n 
tefore last, l.erard recORnised hnn in a moment, and c 

'""Siri-ather Anselm. you cur«l my wounded taxi, 
Juliers- now cure my hu.t sonl in Home I Alas, you cai.r 
Wlm sa. down bv the bedside, and puttin,, a gentle 1 
un hrhe«l, .irst calmed him with a soothing word or two 

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^^^Come, »y son,' said he, "first p„rge thy boso,n of it, 

Iny sins are trreat," said Ansfln, wru ,. 

Anci lo ! Gerani could pray now 
And he prayed with all his heart. 

™af ^'■s''„Ze*Srf,:!;;!!:,^e''.iitere"'»'''' -""■" "™ r--^' 

^."U'^itri^l "-^TLrinTh?™ :r ^su"'"- ™' 

nurtured, it w^ li^e a bird retur^r„rwou„ded welriedT" 
sentle nest He passed his novitiate in prayer and mort^ I?- 
and pious reading and meditaUon. ^^ ' """^.fication, 

.0 doll Teds"" m'^'t^'T ""^ ^""^ *"'- ■"»-'- - 

" Himr soul ! I cannot call thee back to life R„f l, i. n 

wver hve that traitorously slew thee™ '"' '""" 

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all day, ready, when Lodovico should come for his money, to 
fall on him in a certain antecl.umber and hacit him to pieces. 

" Strike at his head," said she, " for he weareth a privy coat 
of :nail ; and if hu fjoes hence alive your own heads shall answer 
for it." 

And so she sat weeping her victim, and pulling the strings 
of machines to shed the blood of a second for having been her 
machine to kill the first. 



CHAPTER LXXII 

One of the novice Gerard's self-imposed penances was to receive 
Lodovico kindly, feeling secretly as to a slimy serpent. 

Never was self-<lenial better bestowed ; and like most rational 
penances, it soon Ijecame no penance at all. At first the pri<le 
and complacency, with which the assassin gazed on the one life 
he had saved, was perhaps as ludicrous as {lathetic ; but it is a 
great thing to open a good door in a heart. One good thiiij; 
follows another through the aperture. Finding it so sweet lu 
save life, the miscreant went on to be averse to taking it ; ami 
from that to remorse ; and from remorie to something verj' like 
penitence. And here Teresa co-opeuted by Ihreatemng, not 
for the first time, to leave him unless he would consent to le.id 
an honest life. The good fathers of the eon7e^t lent their aid, 
and Lodovico ^ad Teresa were sent by '.en t Leghorn, whcn- 
Teresa had friends, and the assassin settled down and became 
a porter. 

He found it miserably dull work at first ; and said so. 

But methinks this dull life of plodding labour was better 
for him, than the brief excitement of being hewn in pieces 
by the Princess Clselia's myrmidons. His exile saved the un- 
conscious penitent from that fate; and the princess, balkeil 
of her revenge, took to brooding, and fell into a profound 
melancholy; dismissed her confessor, and took a new one 
with a great reputation for piety, to whom she confided 
what she called her griefs. The new confessor was no other 
than Fra Jerome. She could not have fallen into better 
hands. 

He heard her grimly out. Then took her, and shook the 
delusions out of her as roughly as if she had been a kitchen- 
maid. For, to do this hard monk justice, on the path of duh 
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f ^rr rri^/r"r;r.a "^ '- fi "- -• "<= 

sl.c«,„,th,.<.ri„,i™|„f,rt,„i;,'.r, '''""•'" ""'l liKt.t„i„«. lh.i 
Ihoii «rt the <levil, thai with .h 

after, «n>l so tore the scale, off her '""" ,''"'' "'"' ''"e- 
l.",«,.,| eruslu.,1 her, that she sank rfoT'' "1'^ """"'"'■" «' 
remorse and terror at the feet of ?h ""'' KfovtHed with 

, "Oh. holy tither, hav. it".^^,fr'" "";"'"'-'^»- 
lielp me save mv «uilty s< I ' 'r^«"''' "o.nan, and 

/Jhostly eounsel like thine, rL f, [her , *''''?' '"' "»■" "' 
''ream. ' K"™ lather. I ,v„ken as Ironi a 

" l)o(r thy jewels,' said Fra Ie»,.v,. . , 
" I will. I will ■• * Jerome sternly. 

"d.^'i^'hem lT'be°'h'::;nri:J"tell^"'^ »"" -""'-« ^ -« 'O 
admonition." ' ""^ "=" 'V «"i, and abide their 

;;Oh,_Myfath.r,,etmewearmym,sk..' 
.I.n'5 .U?; •^' '^"■'"'' *"«•■ My features a. known 

^^Un^, 1^^-- "• ■>«-»' "f ye. Wen, tho„ m.yst 
I . "" '"IS eoneession she seiyerf hi. k . 

™"i::r%i^r--^"~i:.?i,i--t hnt 

■l^ushteryonrbleLin'^."^" ""' "■"''™' S-ing your penitent 

"T™e enow to ask it when yo„ eome baek irom loretto •• 

■4'™"l"'he"t7ot:,,ri;"™''^ ">■ T'-'-' "ank letl its 

"" ^"''"•' "> the porters knot iC , "'"'■ '"""'■'' f""" 
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to Lorelto, w«ping her crime «..! washing the feet of base 

'T„'.r;'ierarc., carried from the Tiber InU. that convent ,. 
suicide, now parsed for a y«.mg «,int within its walls. 

lfA"^"sLX''pTdrtC^s"arhe was admitted t,. 
'■"And °J^T,(ter took the monastic vows, and became a friar 

°'D,in'!r°t"ihe world, the monk parted f'l> »hc verj^ name 
by S he had lived in it, ,.nd so brol.e the last hnk ul 
association with earthly feelings, 
^ere Gerard ended, ««1 Brother Clement began. 



CHAPTER LXXII! 

., A • .h. «™. of leaves so is that of men." And a great 
It WdedTnnotic:S"n a tailors house at ^tterd.m thi, 
P, and a large man dropped to "rthw-th great M 

■ vx^ tr;«:;t^rsict ^tttn-Jk... 

p^^ Zt woe teU^ed^he'rich in an age when, for o„e 

kiTMaladv killed three fell by Dr. Remedy. 

"■hfe'Dul's complaint, napless then .;^;ow d,phU.en. 

It is, and was, a very weakenmg malady, and the Uuke » 

old ; so altogether Dr. Remedy W^d'um. 
The Duke turned very cold : wonderful . 
Then Dr Remedy had recourse to the arcana of scenoe 
"H^This is gmve. Flay me an ape mcontment, and 

''"Sffir^of'ut^'t's^^-vi^s. seeking an ape to counter. 

the bloodthirsty tom-foofery of thr 1>"">«" "P^""^ ^^^ ^^ft. 

Perdition ! The Duke was oat of aijes. There were bun 
loes, Uzaris, Turks, leopards; any unrea«.nable beast but Ibe 

"'^^Why' there used to be an ape about," s«d one. " If ' 

'"t^::^^ the mastiff Had m«,«,ed Jh-pn^^^^ 
creature for stealing his supper; «.d so fulfilled the nun. 

•'Tnthil'tr^gtcTThe^'^nesehal c^ hi. des^inng eye, 
around -and nof in 4in. A hopeful light shrt into then. 
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„H ™^ '^'•"'STER AND THE HEARTH 

x-n^-^-r ""'""• ~-" ---,,„ 

Dukes Philjo .hi. r ■ 

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C.IAPTEH LXXIV 

X||( CloWtR. 

-^S^ the .K»c,o. .«e„ WW, «-|je^ - VS;^^^^^ 
Lte'^n^a tr °»^^^na",er;tL:. rCnh to w... b^th. 

"The 2eal «.d wcompltahments of Cle.nent «pecUlly hi, 

"^'"- Jerome, who h«l th, superior, ear, obstructed thi, 

'"'^n;n,ent " said he, "h« the mUk of the world still in his 
■Clement, Miiu^ie, ^^^^ „e*-bom leal and 

""..'iHs wdrl^fied,' said the prior. "Take him h. hand 
*%tn" Jerome, following the aneient wisdom, took Clemen. 

2S£ir:fr^^^s::^^^^^K 
-i;-rir:^t:s:si:ur^;rz^dhise,. 

""'wo'uldte'noT:^-" -"" "'™'- ^"■"'"^" "'" •""■"' 
'■^Ittrother: yet was it good for me to see them. The, 
remind me of the sins I can never repent enough. 



THE CLOISTER A^'B THE HEARTH 

tried hi, l«^W „^\'-,: "l,"' T ";f *""■ •"■' •'•'■■•""■•■ '' 
comfort .uch V»r wrl chl .r '""'""'' "" "" I"'"'" '' 
And Clement'^.7„„;t 'hat tri»r T' ""' l^' ~""'"'*- 

willinr^ ■ ^""'"' ' " "" "'"•■ " ""■<. ""' his .piri. i. 

1 will de«^nbe it a» it was ,«., I,y others 

-;^__ No .,.,.„„ eri... hall ;^,':^;;l^Jir:::; :^^- 
4tS""jiLll!rr'„i!::d ,t:r .'r""" '",;■',' •-' •" •'»■"-»'' 

.id^severed at th" wri/t h^ ' .T l*' '" ^"-''-■f'-"'^''. l»v by hi, 

bruised Z,"Lt S i';rur„ ""ih "'' "'jH "'^ V"""" 
traced to his servant «„,l ""•'™™«'"- "ic murder had been 
mominK. """ ' "' '" '"= "I""'*-'' "' kind this verj. 

".u'::rwas''JS™X...T„., ,„r"LT" ,";/7""- «"' 'Ws 

J'ts:^^ri/:5HH^lHi^?^";... 

le^al vengeance his left hand y.Z 7rLk nJ il, I, '""" "' 

»M?^nd"ilra'tu:er'S tT"'','"'; '"T ™"*'"^ ^ <™ 

Ihere was a cry of horror from the cm J 
'he joun)5 friar swooned away 
achur"-'"^ monk stro,Je forw.ni, and carried hi.n offhke 

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THE CLOISTER AND THE HEARTH 
"Counin, wn annriit," mild the prior. "A Domiiiiciiii 
l> not maJe in « d«y. Thou »hult h.vi- iinother trial And I 
forbldlhec togotolt f».tin)(." , , ,. u , 1...1 

Clcintnl l)ow«l hi. h™l In token "t ,.l)«hcnte. He ha.1 
not lonx to w.lt. A robber w« bron^ht to the .cITold ; n 
n.on»ler of vilUlnv »l.d cruelty, who h.d killed nieti 111 |.iir. 
wantonnen, .fter robbing them. Clement ,h«^I his l«t nijjht 
in prtaon with hlni, Kcon.p«iled him to the .c.flold, ">d ""en 
prayed with him «id for him » earnestly th.t the hardened 
rufB«i .hed tewi uid embrwed him. Clement embrmeed him 
too, though hi. «e.h quivered with repugnanee; and hciu 
the crucifix eame.tly Iwfore hi. ^ve«. The man waj garn.tted, 
and Clement lost tight of the crowd, and prayed loud ami 
eameitly while that dark .pirlt wa. passing from earth. 

He wa. no woner dead than the hangman ralwd hi. hatchet 
and quartered the body on the .pot. And oh, my.tcriou. heart 
of man I the people who had .cen the living IkhIv robl>e.l of 
life with IndiHerence, almo.t with Mtirfuction, uttered a plti^ms 
cry at each .troke of the axe upon hi. coqwc that could feel 
nought. Clement too .huddered then, but stood firm, like one 
of those rock, that vibrate but cannot be thrown down. Bi.t 
■uddenly Jerome's voice sounded in hi. ear. .... 

'■ Brother Clement, get thie on that cart and preach to tlii- 
people. Nay, quickly ! strike with all thy force on all llii» 
Iron, while yet 'tis hot, and .oul. are to be wved. 

element-, colour came and went: and he breathed har< . 
But he obeyed, and with ill-a>sured »tep mounted the cart. 
Uld preached hi. first .ermon to the first crowd he had ever 
faced Oh, that Ma of head. ! Hi. throat seemed parched, 

his heart thumped, his voice trembled. . u. f 

By-and-b> tW greatness of the occasion, the "ght of II 
eager upturned faces, and his own heart full of zeal, fircl 
th? pale monk. He told them this robber. hi.tory, warn 
from hi. own lips in the priwn, and showed hi. hearers b 
that example the gradations of folly and crime ""d wi.™-. 
them solemnly not to put foot on the first round ol that I ul 
ladder And as alternately he thundered again.t the shetl.ler. 
of blood, and moved the crowd to charity and pity, his trcuior- 
left him, and he felt all strung up like n lote, and ?>»«• v^ " 
an un.u.p.-cted force; he was m.«ter of that listening cr.»d 
cc.ld feel their very pulse, could play sacred melodies 0.1 then. 
as on his palter)-. Sobs and groans attested his P"*" "J' 
the mob jJeady excited by the tragedy before them. .lernme 
stared like one who goes to light a stick; «.d «'" » 7"^' j 
After a while Clement caught his look of astonishment, ami 
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THE CLOISTER AND THF. HKAHTH 
|««ng no .pp„b.Uon In H, broke .u,|d«,ly „H, .,,.1 j,„„ed 

l)rh«t ITJ"^' ""' «»;'"«»".• -"I he «pol«Kt.tir.llv. .. Your 
Oh ™r^ "" ""■'"'S • 'huuderboll.' W«» U.I),,! | ._ 
JerlH^T ' " '"* "" *'"• y""' "l-criencT, Brother 

M.llenlv'Xr Ion"'" J'T" <'™'''f"ll>'- H« -Mr,\ ,„iher 
n,m.;.. '""«."=''"^«'"». "lii" the Klury to (;od, ..rolher 
aemenl j my opinion i, thou .rt .n or.lor lK.n„" 

He reported the Mine at he«lqu«rters, half rcluclantiv For 
he w« „, hone.t fri.r, though , .li«KreeLl,l. „»«! ^' 

One Julio Anlonelll w„ «,cu«ed of s^,; , ; three witnes.se, 

Sle'r^.Toi,"™ rr;r' "' "•= ''"'"•' «h;nee" "" x. 

Xiken I ?i" f P'^t""'y- N<-i<h.T le«tiraol,y i-oul,l be 
shaken In thi. doubt Antonelll *«. perinllted the tri. h^ 

into boUing w.ter, fourteen inehe. deep, .n<l t ke o," . mI Te 

the hot I-. f*?' ""lo ''■""Khl him i,.noc.ent, re^mm . °d 
i„? ^ . JlVT '""'' '''■'''^''' "" *'•"« **'"'" 'hey fivoured, w« 
the nerve, and ehoM: the cold onleal. And thi» eave Jeroine 
»mment ^d then wa, .tripped naked on the bank, of the 
J^ch a nnu,, throw.n„ hi. «^,» „ut of the water. Jink, hi, 

<J«\nt''J^h'i'''l k""u ?*"!'^ ""° ">« ""*"■"' »'"' I™""! • 
hZS^i e^H^ """k 'T' ,"'""= ,*■""■ ^ «i"'"lt«.eou. n«r 
frara U^e «»wd on eaeh b«ik preeWmed him guilty. But the 

.„H V T,"', '■''"■ ""P"' '''"'^'' h.|.|«ned to bS new, got wet 

They teft him. tr- Z^,""""",'^' '"^''™«' *"'" ''■"--- 
' ,hL .1. 't'.i"""'" "^ "" ri'" «he appointed time 

«her more than half a minute, then drew bin, up, p^rS 
•nJ ga.ping, and creaming for mercy; and at^er the aSiS 
prayer., dismi,«;d him, clewed of the charge '•P|x""l«l 

h.nk U™ "P^"™"' <^'f"«"' P'-'ye'l earnestly on the 

"For what?" 

"For the pain, the dread, the .uffocation. Poor «,ul. he 
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liveth, but hath tasted nil the bitterness of death. Yet he had 
done lie ill." r i ■• 

" He is rewaltlcd enough in that he is cleared of his fault. 

" But being innocent of that fault, yet hath he ilrunk Death's 
cup, though not to the dreg ; and his accusers, less innocent 
than he, do suffer nought." 

Jerome replied somewhat sternly — 

"It is not in this world men are really punished, Brother 
Clement. Unhappy they who sin yet sulTcr not. And happy 
they who suffer such ills as earth hath power to iifliet; tn 
counted to them above, ay, and a hundredfold." 

Clement bowed his head submissiiely. 

" May thy good .vords not fall to the ground, but Uke root 
in mv heart. Brother Jerome." 

But the severest trial Clement underwent at Jerome s hand:, 
was unpreinediUted. It came alniut thus. Jer, me, in an 
indulgent moment, went with him to Fra Colonna, and there 
"The Dream of Polifilo" lay on the tabic just copied fairly. 
The pcor author, in the pride of his heart, pointed out a master- 
stroke in it. 

"For ages," said he, "fools have been lavishing |x)etic praise 
and amorous compliment on mor. .. women, mere creatures 
of earth, smacking palpably of their origin ; Siren: at the 
windows, where our Roman women in particular have by life- 
long study learned the wily art to show their one good feature, 
though but an ear or an eyelash, at a jalosy, and hide all the 
rest; Magpies at the door, Oipre n' i giai-dini, Angeli in Strad/i, 
Saute in chiesa, DiavoU in easa. Then come 1 a^a ransack 
the minstrels' lines for amorous turns, not forgetting those 
which Petrarch wasted on that French jilt Laura, the slir>l 
of them all ; and I lay you the whole bundle of spice at the 
feet of the only females" worthy amorous incense ; to wit, the 
Nine Muses." 

"By which goodly stratagem," said Jerome, who had been 
turning the pages all this time, "you, a friar of St. Dominie, 
have produced an obscene book." And he dashed Polifilio on 
the table. „ , l i 

" Obscene ! thou discourteous monk ! and the author ran 
round the table, snatched Polifilo away, locked him up, anJ 
trembling with mortification, saiii, " My Gerard, pshaw ! Brother 
What's-his-name had not found Polifilo obscene. Puris omnia 



pura 



Such as read your Polifilo -Heaven grant they may be fe« 
will finil him what I find him." 
Poor Colonna gulped down this bitter pill as he might. 



THE CLOISTER AN., THE HEARTH 

conversation to I L.uiSf ^h^vfT;" ^^'' ""' '"'""> 'h" 
'■"d lent him: Hu,rTi"A^^l> <f ."""""' ^'"'"""" 
ib n>o«Ivirt„e.: for le leM the"^! ?"' '"' l'' ™'»"'"1 <"> 
a worshipper of jewels R^? I '',°'f ''"''"' °f h's "Kc as 

witl. him for belKi tha^ oV^T""^ '"'' ""'' ""'' «Portul.t« 
"" its wearer, Tother c,It,tv ''' f"' '^?"''' <•<>"<•